Sports Management

On performance analysis: Common sense, guided

2013-07-26: Performance analysis is never 100% definitive, but it guides understanding. Here's why choosing blindness just because 20/20 isn't on offer is a foolish response…

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A minimalism/ barefoot fad and inconsequential footstrikes?

2013-05-16: Was the barefoot and minimalist running 'explosion' just a fad? Recent stats from the shoe industry suggest a decline. Here's why it's more likely a…

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Head injury risk in rugby: U20 World Champs case study

2019-08-23: 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. …

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Protecting the rugby player’s head – the paradox of tackler height and head injury

2019-08-13: A look at the World Rugby concussion prevention approach that involves sanctions for dangerous high tackles to protect both players. I explain the rationale behind…

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

2019-08-08: 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…

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Short thought on sport: Introducing The Science of Sport Podcast

2019-06-03: 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…

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

2019-05-02: 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…

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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?

2019-05-01: 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…

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

2019-04-25: 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…

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