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 […]

Fantastic Team GB

After a sensational summer of Sport it is time to reflect on the spectacular successes of the British Olympic and Paralympic teams. Both squads finished second in the medal table (behind the U.S.A and China) but how do they compare to each other? The Centre for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University in collaboration […]

Unconventional aero. How did he go so fast?

Like Chris Froome in an unconventional riding position, the Summer seems to have flown by (I’m an engineer, similes do not come easily). Thankfully there’s been a bumper crop of sporting spectacles to sate our appetites. In this post I’d like to focus on a pet topic of mine, cycling aerodynamics. Right at the start […]

Graphing Athletics: The Pole Vault

The modern pole vault (i.e. that which we see in the Olympics) is a competition based on vertical height. Competitors use a pole (between 3 to 5 metres long) to clear a bar set at a specified height. The competitor that is able to clear the greatest height is the winner. Historically, pole vaulting was used to […]