CSER @ The Jump! 2017

In February 2017 CSER jetted off to Austria for the third year in a row. We have been providing measuring services for The Jump! A Channel 4 reality show in which celebrities and sports stars compete in a series of Winter sports events. In 2015 we helped TwoFour (the production behind the show) to measure […]

Problems With Power

By Professor Edward Winter  Introduction During the recent Rio Olympics, I was struck by the number of times commentators used the terms “power” and “powerful”.  Examples were, “That was a powerful performance”,  “What a powerful run!”, “What power she displayed”.  Moreover, in my latest issue of Squash Player, there was a prominent advertisement from a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Blink and you’ll miss it

Blink and you’ll miss it The next question in our Ask a sports engineer series is: Are sports getting too fast to view? With the constant pushing of boundaries by athlete’s and the wider availability of sports scientists and top coaches many sporting events are becoming more and more closely fought, by a greater number […]

How does a smart floor work?

As sports engineers we develop lots of systems to help athletes perform better. Many of these system help by giving the athletes and their coaches more information about the way they move whilst they perform a sporting action. This includes measures such as speed, direction and many other specialised measurements for biomechanical analysis. An example […]

Sprinting’s latest performance enhancer: Usain Bolt.

The following article is a synopsis of “Material Advantage” which was published in Physics World in July 2012.  It can be found here. — When I went into the field of sports engineering, people would say to me “it’s ruining sport, it’s just about who has the best equipment”.  This put me in a dilemma: […]

Testing the best: Chrissie Wellington live on the BBC

Not only was I privileged enough to meet 4-time World Ironman Champion Chrissie Wellington, but I also got to put her through her paces live on air at the BBC’s 80th birthday event for the World Service down at Bush House in London.  For info, the Ironman is a 3.9 km swim, a 180 km […]

How your Christmas present might revolutionise sports science

When you open your Christmas present this year it might not be obvious that you are helping a revolution in sports science.  Some of the most popular presents are likely to be mobile phones, games consoles and computer games and the modern stocking filler now contains more sensory technology than an early space mission.  The […]