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  • Ban the Nike Vaporfly & other carbon fiber devices for future performance credibility
    Nike recently unveiled the Vaporfly Elite, the shoe it has been working on to help it break the 2-hour marathon barrier. The shoe incorporates a "spring plate", and is claimed to have significant performance implications. I think the shoe, and the incorporation of spring-like devices in all shoes, should be banned for future credibility of performance. Here's why The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • A thought crossed my mind: Injury prevention research & purpose
    Attending the 2017 IOC Sports Injury and Illness Conference, it struck me that injury researchers are far more collaborative than those in performance. I think shared purpose is the reason. Here's a brief thought on that. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • The “2-hour marathon” season begins
    Kenenisa Bekele kicks off the 2017 Marathon season in Dubai, with what is a potential world record. It's the year of the "Breaking-2" after Nike's announcement last December. This article is an expanded version of one I wrote for an SA Newspaper on Jan 15th, 2017 The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • The sub-2 hour marathon in 2017? Thoughts on concept
    Nike's announcement that they're backing three top marathoners to break the 2 hour marathon barrier in Spring 2017, is the latest installment in the sub-2 hype. Relevance and legitimacy aside, what would it take, product and course wise, to achieve? I look at shoes and downhill running to illustrate the concept of physiological barriers and how they might be shifted. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • Talent ID & Development: IAAF Level 5 and USATF Level 3 lectures
    I’ve spent the last week, a very stimulating one, at the IMG Academy in Brandenton Florida, where I’ve lectured on the IAAF Level 5 and USATF Level 3 coaching courses.  The specific theme of this year’s Academy was Youth Sport, and I did four lectures in total – three on Talent ID and Specialization issues, […] The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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