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  • Has rugby applied high tackle laws, or have referees stopped enforcing them?
    Rugby introduced new high tackle laws with stricter sanctions for high tackles, aimed at lowering the height to reduce head injury risk. Recent criticism has suggested that referees are now softening their stance, and failing to apply the new laws, and that nothing has changed and we are back where we started. The data suggest otherwise, as this post explains The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • The way, then the lack of will: A story of anti-doping and those who might save it
    The history of antidoping can be divided into two overlapping phases. There was once a huge lack of a "way" - inadequate tools to catch doping, leaving antidoping two steps behind the cheats. Advances in science have narrowed this, creating a better "way". This has exposed a bigger problem - a lack of "will". This article describes this, and offers a conceptual solution. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • On the Jamaican clenbuterol positives: A procedural failure and credibility black hole
    An explosive new investigative report has revealed that numerous athletes have tested positive when their samples from Beijing 2008 were retested. They include Jamaican male sprinters, so dominant in those Games. The IOC and WADA however did not act, suggesting the cases are all contamination, not worthy of pursuing. How viable is this, and what does it mean for already bottomed-out anti-doping credibility? The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • Sports science, marginal gains and common sense
    Bradley Wiggins called marginal gains "a load of rubbish" recently, and while his thoughts were poorly crafted and tainted by the context, it triggered an impassioned defence of the philosophy by Matthew Syed. I've always thought the concept trivialized sports science, and was arrogantly dismissive of the realities that there's really nothing unique about it. As a source of competitive advantage in elite sport, it cannot stand. More on that in this piece. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • A thought crossed my mind: Knowledge & confidence, and “feeblemindedness”
    Around 100 years ago, the world's leading scientists got together to discuss "eugenics", the idea that we could selectively breed "good stock" for the benefit of the human race. This happened openly, with the support of the USA's judicial system, and looks macabre and horrific in hindsight. It made me wonder about over-confidence, and knowledge, and how experts shouldn't ever profess absolute certainty, on anything. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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