Sports technology, enabling, enhancing or cheating?

Our very own Dr David James has recently given a lecture exploring the role of technology in sport for the IET. They’ve made the video available online, which you can see by visiting the link below.

Enabling, enhancing or cheating?

Dr David James, Centre for Sports Engineering Research

From: Sports Technology Lecture, 24 May 2012, London

2012-05-24 00:00:00.0 News Channel

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Simon Choppin Simon’s sports engineering career began at the age of six when he loosened the wheels of his skateboard in order to make it go faster. While the experiment was chalked up as his first failure, his resulting dimpled skull has provided an aerodynamic advantage in more recent sporting pursuits. Academically, Simon completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics at Nottingham University before joining the Sports Engineering Research Group at Sheffield to start his PhD. His main interests include work with high speed video, mathematical modelling of various sorts and experimental work involving machines with big buttons. As a sportsman, Simon has an unfortunate lack of talent for anything requiring skill, tactical awareness or the ability to learn from mistakes. He does however seem to posess the ability to move his legs around for a long time until other people get tired, for this reason you’re most likely to see him on a bike of some sort or running up a hill in offensively small shorts. Simon was fortunate enough to have a stint at the Guardian newspaper as part of the BSA’s media fellowship, which gave him the idea for this blog. Other than this, his writing experience includes his PhD thesis and various postcards to his Mum.

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  1. […] Changes to the design of sports equipment such as the javelin poses a number of interesting questions and ethical debates. Is it wrong to restrict the performance of athletes by technological change or should we be allowed to push the boundaries of sporting performance with the use of technological enhancements? This, an article in itself has been previously discussed on our blog by my colleagues, Prof Steve Haake and Dr David James […]

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