Ross Tucker – The Science of Sport

  • Concussion in cycling: A challenge for culture & policy change
    The incident below happened in the Tour of California yesterday.  Not fun footage to watch, as you may have seen.  The rider, Toms Skujins, goes down, is clearly concussed, and the first person to arrive is the cameraman followed by the race mechanic, who runs up with wheels to help… ... read more
    Source: Ross Tucker – The Science of SportPublished on 16-05-17
    1 month ago
  • The pursuit of the sub-2 marathon: Where to next?
    Yesterday, I started writing what was going to be a shorter piece for a magazine or newspaper here in SA, but as sometimes happens, it turned into a long one, so I’m publishing it here instead.  Apologies for length, but it allows me to get into some technical details based… ... read more
    Source: Ross Tucker – The Science of SportPublished on 08-05-17
    2 months ago
  • Eliud Kipchoge 2:00:25
    The Breaking-2 attempt is over, and Eliud Kipchoge came mighty, mighty close.  In an unbelievable performance, he missed the barrier by 25 seconds, having been on course right up until 30km. Here is a summary of his race, showing you his 5km splits (green line), the target (14:13/5km, red line) the… ... read more
    Source: Ross Tucker – The Science of SportPublished on 06-05-17
    2 months ago
  • On the recalibration of world records: Brief thoughts
    OK, I’ll try to be brief here, but I thought I should jot down a few thoughts on this proposed recalibration of world records, because the reaction I’ve seen so far (from an admittedly “biased” sample) has been a little bit hysterical at times, and focused on two athletes only – Radcliffe… ... read more
    Source: Ross Tucker – The Science of SportPublished on 03-05-17
    2 months ago
  • The sub-2 hour marathon attempt: The pacing strategy
    So the weekend is nearly upon us, and the Nike attempt at breaking the 2 hour marathon will happen in Monza, Italy. There’s obviously considerable interest in the attempt, both positive and negative.  I think for now, I’ve said what I think is negative about it, so let’s talk about… ... read more
    Source: Ross Tucker – The Science of SportPublished on 02-05-17
    2 months ago
  • Has rugby applied high tackle laws, or have referees stopped enforcing them?
    A recent article by the BBC discussed the recent changes in rugby’s laws which more harshly penalize high tackles.  It condemned rugby for poor enforcements of its own rules to reduce high tackles and head injuries. For instance, it said that: “For a few weeks after the new sanctions… ... read more
    Source: Ross Tucker – The Science of SportPublished on 26-04-17
    2 months ago
  • The way, then the lack of will: A story of anti-doping and those who might save it
    About a month ago, the folks from Clean Sport Collective asked me if I would write a piece on anti-doping, which they published on their website.  I’ve reproduced that below, with a few additions and expanded thoughts.  It talks about how the science has provided a better “way” for anti-doping,… ... read more
    Source: Ross Tucker – The Science of SportPublished on 24-04-17
    2 months ago
  • On the Jamaican clenbuterol positives: A procedural failure and credibility black hole
    By now you may have heard about Hajo Seppelt’s latest investigative report.  He has discovered that a number of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics tested positive for clenbuterol, including a number from male Jamaican sprinters, but were not disclosed or acted up by the IOC and then WADA.  The report… ... read more
    Source: Ross Tucker – The Science of SportPublished on 03-04-17
    3 months ago
  • Sports science, marginal gains and common sense
    Below is an expanded version of an article I wrote for a South African newspaper on Monday this week.  It concerns Matthew Syed’s and Dave Brailsford’s mythical concept of “marginal gains”, which is also known as common sense, and which includes elements of sports science, in the high performance sports… ... read more
    Source: Ross Tucker – The Science of SportPublished on 29-03-17
    3 months ago
  • A thought crossed my mind: Knowledge & confidence, and “feeblemindedness”
    I was in London last week, and with a long flight back to SA in store, realized I’d finish the book I was reading on the plane.  Sleep and flights don’t mix well for me, so I popped out to grab a book, any book, to kill time on… ... read more
    Source: Ross Tucker – The Science of SportPublished on 27-03-17
    3 months ago
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