May, 2008  // Posts published in May, 2008

31 May 2008 Posted in Doping

Drugs in Sport: Trevor Graham case

Yesterday saw the verdict in the court case against Trevor Graham, the former Track coach who was implicated in the BALCO scandal and its subsequent perjury cases. For those who haven’t been following the news, the (very) short version of the story is that Graham, the coach of now-disgraced and imprisoned track stars Tim Montgomery […]

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28 May 2008 Posted in Fatigue/Central Governor

Fatigue and Exercise: Part V

Continued discussion on how the brain regulates exercise intensity during exercise in the heat

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21 May 2008 Posted in Fatigue/Central Governor

Fatigue and Exercise: Part IV

A discussion of research that shows that smaller athletes pace themselves differently from larger athletes in hot, but not cool conditions. This suggests some kind of anticipatory regulation of pacing strategy

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18 May 2008 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Pistorius verdict comments and responses

Having initially decided to wait on the “science” to be released before tackling the Pistorius decision further, we’ve had some really fantastic responses to our previous articles on the ruling by the CAS that Pistorius is eligible to run in the able-bodied Olympics, should he qualify. I felt that so good were these comments that […]

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17 May 2008 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Pistorius cleared Part 2

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Yesterday (or earlier today), depending on your location, we brought a preliminary response to the CAS ruling that will see the (you can read this below, if you are receiving this as an email). The ruling applies specifically to Oscar Pistorius, but has far-reaching ramifications, many of which are not even apparent today. One thing […]

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17 May 2008 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Pistorius appeal: Science sold

Oscar Pistorius. Photo by Flickr user Global Sports Forum

I have no doubt that many have by now heard the news that Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter from South Africa, has been cleared by the CAS to compete in able-bodied races against able-bodied runners. Little more than this has been released, so the grounds for the clearance are guess-work, other than to say that […]

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12 May 2008 Posted in Fatigue/Central Governor

Fatigue and Exercise: Part III

Exercise in the heat provides a great model to investigate fatigue. An old, then a new theory, to explain exercise in the heat have revealed which systems fail with hyperthermia, and which may be regulated

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10 May 2008 Posted in Oscar Pistorius

Pistorius and CAS: Incentive clash

Last week, in Lausanne, at the Court of Arbitration hearing into the legality of Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius’ high-tech carbon fibre blades, Professor Hugh Herr of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), provided scientific evidence to support the Pistorius defence claim that: There was absolutely no basis to conclude that Oscar has any advantage at […]

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06 May 2008 Posted in Fatigue/Central Governor

Fatigue and Exercise: Part II

Back in the saddle for Part 3 of our series on Fatigue today. In previous posts, we’ve , and contrasted it with the theory of “limitations” of exercise performance. We  , which is often dismissed as “obvious” (because it is!), but is in fact one of the most complex, and meaningful characteristics of exercise performance […]

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