When did sports technology begin?

I’ve often wondered, if I were to write a history of sports technology, when I should start?  In 774 BC at the inception of the Ancient Olympic Games? Or in 300 AD at the height of the Roman Empire? By this time the Games had expanded to include the pentathlon, racing in armour and even […]

Football and skill: why you’re not as individual as you think you are

As much as I hate football (for explanation – I’m a Blackburn Rovers fan; enough said) I’m enjoying my holiday read.  It’s The Numbers Game by Chris Anderson and David Sally and is subtitled “Why everything you know about football is wrong”.  It’s not actually the best thing to relax to as I keep jumping […]

Goal line technology: is GLT the new LHC?

I know something is up when I get consecutive phone calls from the press to comment on the same subject.  Most recently this was about goal-line technology and  I wondered what I could say that hadn’t already been said.  And then I realised what the story was:  that goal-line technology is a non-story very much […]

Olympic Success: it’s a numbers game

So, there it is, 2012 is now 2013.  Olympic year is officially over, leaving emotional memories and a heavily worn box-set of BBC highlights.  In Singapore in 2005 after we won the Olympic bid, I vowed that I would have some influence on London 2012, whether it be volunteering or selling flags.   I can now […]

Science Spat: Is the use of sport in technology cheating? Round 3.

It appears that in this year’s Olympics, the issue of technology in sport is as big an issue as it’s ever been.  The ‘science spat’ below is the third of three letters and responses between Steve Haake and Jim Parry that originally appeared in People and Science.  Read the first and second letters if you […]

Science Spat: Is the use of sport in technology cheating? Round 2.

It appears that in this year’s Olympics, the issue of technology in sport is as big an issue as it’s ever been.  And with running suits appearing in athletics, it is bound to be a hot topic of conversation.  The ‘science spat’ below is the second of three letters and responses between Steve Haake and […]