Top 5 olympic sports that have been influenced by technology. No 4

  Number 4 in our top 5 has been awarded to textile advances in swimming. This is a fairly controversial inclusion; it is often used as an example of technological doping. I.e. cheating through the use of technology. However, looking back over the history of swimming, I’m almost 100% certain that none of the swimmers […]

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 […]

Can the swimsuits of 2012 beat the polyurethane swimsuits of 2009?

Guest blogs have unfortunately taken a back seat recently as the ‘ask a sports engineer’ project has got underway. I’ve had this article sitting in my inbox for a while and I thought it has particular relevance with the Olympic swimming underway and the controversy currently surrounding some of the incredible results we’re seeing in […]

What makes an Olympic skin suit so special?

  The next question in our ‘Ask a Sports Engineer’ series tackles some of the cutting edge equipment that is used across a wide range of sports: the skin suit. Nađa Higl wearing a Jaked swimsuit at the 2010 European Aquatics Championships in Budapest When talking about skin suits we are referring to the tight, […]

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: […]

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 […]

Guest Blog: Shanghai 2011 revisited

This is EngineeringSport’s first guest blog! We are very pleased to present Italian Sports Engineer Nunzio Lanotte’s piece on performance increases in swimming. We now have the requisite infrastructure to accept guest submissions, so if you would like to submit something please get in touch via our contact us page. Shanghai 2011 Revisited The Swimming […]