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Head injury risk in rugby: U20 World Champs case study

Last week I described, in detail, the evidence and process that has led to World Rugby's High Tackle Framework and clampdown on high tackles. This time, I walk you through the case study of the recent U20s to illustrate the important concepts for risk identification.

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Guest article: Prof Erik Boye on the bias in power in anti-doping

This is a guest post by Norweigian scientist Erik Boye, in which he raises concerns about the imbalance in power in antidoping and how it erodes confidence in the antidoping system

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The Sun Yang-Mack Horton-FINA affair: Don’t stare too long at the Sun (sorry…)

Sun Yang is the villain of the piece, with two protests creating a dramatic backstory at the World Championships. He is emblamatic of a loss of confidence in the system, but if you looks at only at Sun, the deeper problem may disappear. Here's why

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19 Jun 2019 Posted in Caster Semenya/Sports Science

The Semenya Decision: Full CAS report brief thoughts

The Court of Arbitration have released the full decision in the Caster Semenya case. I share here a few thoughts on how that verdict was reached, and how each side framed the issue a slightly different way to play to their strengths.

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Short thought on sport: Introducing The Science of Sport Podcast

The Science of Sport has a podcast! In case you missed, we have four episodes already, and the plan is a fortnightly discussion on some sports science issue that journalist Mike Finch and I deem to be engaging and of interest. This post summarizes what we've done so far!

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On DSDs, the theory of testosterone, performance the CAS ruling on Caster Semenya

The Caster Semenya controversy, or more accurately, the issue of DSDs in women's sport, is the most complex issue ever faced by sport. I share here my views, start to finish, in what I hope is a comprehensive overview of the concepts, the evidence, and the weighting of the factors that led to CAS' decision to support the IAAF regulation.

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A short thought on sport: Evaluating Eliud. Is Kipchoge a next-gen 2:02 marathoner, or a mid-2:04 runner in a technologically superior shoe? Who knows?

Eliud Kipchoge is a physiological marvel. The Nike Vaporfly is a technological marvel. Both improve marathon performance. Except these statements can't both be true, and the implications for the integrity of running and how we evaluate performances, can't be ignored. This is an article on why that is.

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We need to talk about East African runners and general trust vs skepticism in performances

The London Marathon on Sunday will almost certainly be won by an East African. This group may be one of the most fascinating in all of sports science, such has their distance dominance been. But in a time when doping stories tarnish their success, what are we to make of their performances, and how should they be trusted or doubted? This article explores skepticism and trust in performances

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Asbel Kiprop banned for four years: The Final Decision and anti-doping insights

Asbel Kiprop, former Olympic and three-time World 1500m champion, has been banned for four years for doping. Here are my insights on the Final Decision and some concepts it raises about anti-doping.

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