2019  // Posts published in 2019

Short Thought on Sport: Asbel Kiprop’s “positive test” and a chance for the biological passport to shine (or not)

I’m back with a short thought on sport! Turns out these haven’t always been short enough to allow me to do them as often as I’d have liked, apologies. But let’s see how this one goes! So Asbel Kiprop is due to hear his fate any day now. On March 23rd, I read an article […]

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Four bullet Friday: World XC, the IAAF’s uneasy distance relationship, and pain for performance

It’s been a while since I did a four-bullet Friday – too much travel, too many court cases and meetings! But here goes, four quick-fire thoughts to usher in the weekend! Something I missed over the course of my frantic last few weeks was the IAAF’s decision to scrap the 5,000m and 10,000m events from […]

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24 Mar 2019 Posted in High performance management/Physiology

On Transgender athletes and performance advantages

Ok, here goes. I’ve been meaning to write this for a while, but time and energy have not allowed it. But I’ve just been involved in some lively Twitter discussions, ultimately productive, so I’m going to try to share some thoughts around this issue of transgender females (male-to-female transitioning people) competing in women’s sport. It’s […]

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Four bullet Friday: Doping raids, van Niekerk’s comeback and other short thoughts

Quick fire thoughts this Friday morning…! If you missed it, there is a potentially big anti-doping story from the Nordic Skiing Championships in Austria, where a collaboration between German and Austrian police resulted in a number of raids, nine arrests and some video footage of an Austrian X-country skier sitting with a needle in his […]

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25 Feb 2019 Posted in Short thought on sport

Short thought on sport: The curse of the precocious athlete

I’m back! Apologies for going AWOL over the last two weeks, but hopefully you’ll understand the reason – I was in Europe, between London and Lausanne, at the CAS proceedings where Caster Semenya was challenging the IAAF’s hyperandrogenism regulation. It was an insanely stimulating, challenging, fascinating and enjoyable two weeks, and I hope at some […]

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4-bullet Friday: More on the age-elite athlete thing, you all rock, plus “My most interesting” links for you

Real quick-fire today, with some links and things I found interesting this week: On Wednesday, I wrote a short thought on whether the conventional wisdom around how elite athletes “expire” and fade with age may be outdated. Seems to me that we hear a lot more about older athletes succeeding, and even dominating, than before. […]

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The aging of elite performance: “Geriatric champions” and have the rules for getting older changed?

Yesterday, I was sent this link. It says that Dwain Chambers, he of THG and a doping ban in 2004 (!), is making a comeback, hoping to qualify for Team GB at the European Indoor Championships. At the age of 40. Well, almost 41. My first thought was “Of course he is”, and then upon […]

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05 Feb 2019 Posted in Short thought on sport

Carl Foster on Sport Science: Progress, Hubris, and Humility

This is an extract from an editorial written by one of the great exercise physiology researchers, Carl Foster, in the most recent International Journal of Sports Performance and Physiology: There’s a lot to that highlighted sentence alone. For one thing, it raises the main reason why I find the marginal gains PR so patronizing and […]

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31 Jan 2019 Posted in Short thought on sport

Culture change and injury: “Brutality, killing people”, as we preview a sports event

The Six Natons starts on Friday night. Best rugby tournament in the world, hands down. I really cannot wait to watch it. However, I now work in player welfare for rugby, and so I view the sport through one lens called ‘excitement’, and another called ‘welfare’. In my attempt to bring this ‘binocular vision’ to […]

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