Football and rugby boot innovation: does performance drive injuries?

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The new “Magistra Obra” boots from Nike have just hit the UK market for the modest price of £240. The focus of the football boots’ design is performance: enhanced grip and low weight. The… Continue reading

CSER @ The Jump!

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Working as a Sports Engineer means you get asked to work on some really exciting projects, designing a gravity racer or working closely with Olympic athletes. In January we got a phone call… Continue reading

Gravity Racer World Record: The Record Attempt

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It was time to see if we could set a world record speed for a gravity racer. The weather was 21ºC in nearby Avignon and the wind on the 2 km road section was light.… Continue reading

Gravity Racer World Record: Location

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Mont Ventoux  — In the Provence region of southern France — is the mountain mecca for road bike enthusiasts. Jam-packed with glorious, sweeping, alpine roads and stunning scenery, “what a location!” I hear you say.… Continue reading

Gravity Racer World Record: Design

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The gravity racer was designed and constructed by the team at CSER (Heather Driscoll, Terry Senior, Alice Bullas, John Hart and Christina King). As with most engineering projects, we did not have an… Continue reading

Gravity Racer World Record: Theory

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When we accepted the challenge of designing a gravity racer we were inundated with offers of help: tips on what we should do, recommendations for which parts we should be using etc. It… Continue reading

Gravity Racer World Record: Introduction

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Following our successful Speed with Guy Martin challenge last year (where we smashed the gravity sled record at a whopping 134.368 kph / 83.49 mph) North One TV decided to get in touch… Continue reading

The UCI hour rule change, a record resurgent?

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After a quiet period of nearly a decade, the UCI’s ‘cycling hour record’ has been making news again over the past year. In February, the time trial powerhouse Fabian Cancellara announced that he would… Continue reading

Journal Special issue: Association Football

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Every time the FIFA world cup comes around, there is a flurry of research into football. This may be aerodynamics, shoe traction or impact mechanics. To capture the research conducted surrounding the 2014… Continue reading

Rocker ski technology: how to conquer the powder

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Water skis on snow? Really? Although the idea might sound crazy to you and me, it made perfect sense to the late Shane McConckey, back in 1998.  A professional skier and BASE jumper,… Continue reading