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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I wrote a short thought on whether the conventional wisdom around how elite athletes “expire” and fade with age may be outdated.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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28 Jan 2019 Posted in Short thought on sport

4+4, and Jemima Sumgong gets an eight year ban. Oh and Dubai was super fast (again) in painted shoes

The 2016 Olympic Marathon champion got handed an extra four years on her doping ban last week. The story broke on Friday, and you can read the summary from Sean Ingle here. My brief recap – Sumgong wins the Olympic gold in Rio in 2016, then fails an EPO test in April 2017, in the […]

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Looking back at the week: Pat Lambie’s concussion-retirement, and introducing “My most interesting” links you may like

Ok so let’s recap the week, and some stuff I missed. It was a busy one, so I didn’t write much, but what I did do was: I did a talk for Arsenal Football club’s HP team, and spoke about the role of sports science in the elite environment. I think sports science has under-delivered, […]

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24 Jan 2019 Posted in Short thought on sport

Spectacle vs safety in sport

I’ve spent the last three days in Paris, for two rugby related meetings. The first was with the French Rugby Federation (FFR) and the LNR, which is the body that runs the professional competition in France (Top 14). That meeting was to discuss injury data, player welfare and future collaboration between the Union, the professional […]

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