The Mi'kmaq people of Nova Scotia Canada making ice hockey sticks in the late 19th century

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO THE WOODEN ICE HOCKEY STICK?

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 advances in the technology of the ice hockey stick. Material, manufacturing and structural advances in composites have allowed manufacturers to create an ice […]

How to win an Olympic gold medal

How to win an Olympic gold medal After all the excitement surrounding the recent London Olympic Games, it’s not just me wanting to be part of the gold medal rush in years to come. As our last ‘Ask a sports engineer’ question indicates: “What is the easiest sport in which to win a gold medal?” […]

Top 5 Olympic sports that have been influenced by technology: No 1

Number 1: Cycling – Computational modelling of bike design Our final post in this series looks at a technological influence that isn’t focussed so much on the big gains, but more on fine tuning the small details to make a winning difference. As said many times during the Olympics, cycling is all about finding marginal […]

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Why do sportsmen argue with the officials?

Controversial decisions are always a talking point in sport. In high pressure situations it is not uncommon to see athletes caught up in the moment and argue with officials. This is the theme of our next Ask a sports engineer question. In most games, match officials must make crucial decisions very quickly, this can have […]

Top 5 olympic sports that have been influenced by technology: NO 2

Number 2: Tennis – Hawkeye assistant official In second place is tennis – although not the technological influence that may first spring to mind. Normally when referring to technological advances in tennis, racket design is the first on the list. Improvements in materials allowed the rackets to become lighter, stiffer and provide a larger hitting […]