Sports Science

The Caster Semenya debate

2016-07-16: Caster Semenya won the Monaco 800m in 1:55.33, at a canter, and is the surest bet for gold in Rio 2016. She's also the surest…

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Hyperandrogenism and women vs women vs men in sport: A Q&A with Joanna Harper

2016-05-23: 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…

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Transformation in SA sport: Dear Minister…

2016-04-26: Transformation is a cyclical, recurring problem in South African sport. Yesterday, the SA Minister of Sport announced a ban on certain sports from hosting…

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Low carbohydrate diets: A plea for balance, scientific rigour & death to dogma

2016-04-05: 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…

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Talent ID & Management Part 6: The Relative Age effect

2016-02-16: 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…

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Renee Anne Shirley: The two sides of Richard Pound

2016-02-09: A guest opinion piece by anti-doping advocate Renee Anne Shirley, describing the two sides of Dick Pound, who led the recent investigation into the IAAF's…

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Talent ID & Management Part 5: Early vs Late Specialisation?

2016-02-02: This episode of the Talent ID and management series looks at another very controversial question - should children and young athletes specialise in one sport,…

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Talent ID & Management: The 10,000 hour “rule” and talent

2016-02-01: Part 4 of the Talent ID Series, and this time we introduce the controversial 10,000 hour "rule" and I explain its origins, and the false…

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Talent ID & Management Part 3: Imperfect tools & sensible science

2016-01-26: Here is part 3 of my ongoing Talent ID and management series. ┬áIf you missed the first two instalments, you can view them at the…

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