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

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE WOODEN ICE HOCKEY STICK?

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Technology has had a profound impact on the sporting world and it is the reason for the sudden disappearance of the wooden ice hockey stick. Over the last decade, there have been large… Continue reading

Image competition!

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Share your images showcasing the best in sports science, engineering, and technology in the ISEA 2013/14 Image Competition. Do you have an image that showcases the outstanding research and consultancy being conducted within… Continue reading

Why do the Dutch skate so fast? Speed skating: a tale of culture, courage and innovation

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The speed skating events in the Olympics this weekend kicked off with a fully orange podium in the men’s 5k event. The woman’s 3k golden medal was also awarded to the Dutch. What… Continue reading

Snurfing! What will be the next big thing in snow sports?

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In 1965 American Sherman Poppen fastened two skis together and called it “snurfing”. But why has nobody heard of snurfing? Probably because most people now know it as snowboarding. Why did it take… Continue reading

The need for speed: the downhill toboggan world record

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Sometimes you get a phone call and someone asks you for help: they get you on a good day, at a positive moment and you think “yeah, why not? That sounds like fun”. … Continue reading

Top technologies in sport: number 3

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The ingredients for the sports revolution During Queen Victoria’s reign between 1837 and 1901, the population of Britain more than doubled while the economy grew by over 360% (equivalent to an increase in… Continue reading

Top technologies in sport: number 2

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The invention of the lawnmower allowed the middle classes of 1860s Victorian Britain to create lawns for the exciting new game of croquet. Croquet was about to be eclipsed, however, by the new… Continue reading