Science of Sport

The Science of Sport

Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance
  • Hyperandrogenism and women vs women vs men in sport: A Q&A with Joanna Harper
    Caster Semenya's likely gold medal in Rio is going to be one of the most controversial stories of the Games, if not the history of the Olympics. She is, unwillingly, the known image of a sex-verification controversy in sport, asking questions over whether a woman should compete against other women. In this piece, I interview Joanna Harper, an expert on matters of transgender science and performance, for her comprehensive views The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • Transformation in SA sport: Dear Minister…
    Transformation is a cyclical, recurring problem in South African sport. Yesterday, the SA Minister of Sport announced a ban on certain sports from hosting international events because they had not adequately met transformation targets. This article discusses the root causes, and explains the fundamental principles that have not been met, which is why we keep circling back to the same controversies. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • Low carbohydrate diets: A plea for balance, scientific rigour & death to dogma
    After five years of watching bad science, defensiveness from both sides, and extremist advocacy rather than balance, I've written an article which is an appeal for nuance on the issue of low carbohydrate diets. The article first appeared in the SA papers, and this is the longer, unedited version. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • Banning the tackle in rugby: A lesson in A vs Z
    A group of 70 academics and doctors proposed this week that tackling should be banned for children playing rugby. Would this work? Is it necessary? Here are some considered responses to that issue. The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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  • Talent ID & Management Part 6: The Relative Age effect
    I’ve been on a “home nations” tour (Rugby reference) of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales for work, and Renee Anne Shirley did the honour of writing a guest opinion piece last week, so it’s been a while since the last video in my Talent ID & Management Series, which looked at Early vs Late Specialisation. […] The Science of Sport - Scientific comment and analysis of sports and sporting performance

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