Diving into basic mechanics

I taught the mechanics of solids to mechanical engineering students for around 15 years.  When it came to exams, I always tried to include examples from the real world that would stretch the most able of the students – I even had a question relating the bending of beams with the deflection of springboards during […]

Sensor, sensor in a ball? Which is the best goal-line technology of them all?

As many of you will already be aware, FIFA and particularly Sepp Blatter have recently indicated that goal line technology does have a role in football (something we’ve argued for some time). Frank Lampard’s non-goal against Germany in the last world cup has been cited as the turning point, a mistake which must not be repeated. For […]

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 […]

Rafa’s racket: a weighty issue

At first glance, the spectacular conclusion of the men’s singles competition at the Australian Open may seem to suggest that Rafael Nadal is still clueless when it comes to playing the tireless Novak Djokovic. However, there is a difference to Nadal’s game this year compared to last. Nadal, former world number one, surrendered 6 defeats […]

The Trouble with Oscar

Over the past couple of years I have been quite busy speaking about the role of technology in disability sport at numerous science festivals and conferences. South Africa’s ground breaking decision to select the bi-lateral amputee, Oscar Pistorius, to compete at the IAAF World Championships in South Korea has prompted me to finally write a […]

Swimsuit ban will affect world record progression

FINA changed the rules on swimsuits on 1st January 2010.  This effectively banned full body polyurethane swimsuits which had been blamed for the overwhelming number of world records in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 Rome World Championships.  Nunzio Lanotte wrote a guest blog on this very subject and concluded that perhaps we shouldn’t […]

Power Measurement in the Weights Room

In what seems like no time at all we have our second guest blog ready for consumption (if you fancy writing something get in touch). This piece discusses a piece of sports technology to measure power in weight lifting, enjoy! “Power is the most desired physical quality for a number of sports because it entails […]