Science of Sport

The Science of Sport

Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance
  • Commonwealth calibration
    What is the global standing of the Commonwealth Games? How do nations and sports compare, within an Olympic-focused strategy? A look at how Commonwealth Games success, and our response to it, might be calibrated against the bigger, global picture

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  • The physiology at the front of the Tour
    The physiological implications of performance are explained in this article. They show plausibility, within historical contexts, but also compel the same questions to be asked of the sport.

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  • The 2014 Tour: Performance implications & a reflection on the origins
    Very brief thoughts on the 2014 Tour, and a particular nostalgic moment to 2009, when David Walsh actually introduced me to performance analysis as a means to flag possible doping. How times (and nationalities) have changed.

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  • Powell & Simpson’s bans cut to 6 months: Broad implications
    Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson have had their 18-month bans reduced to only six months on appeal. I look at the broader issues faced by anti-doping in the context of this decision

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  • The Tour’s first mountain finish: Quick take
    Four brief thoughts on the first mountain top finish of the 2014 Tour de France, where Vincenzo Nibali asserted his dominance on the race

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