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 […]

Graphing Athletics: The 100 metre sprint

For many, the 100 metre sprint is the must-see event of track athletics. Although everything is over in less than 10 seconds, the raw speed of the athletes captivates billions. To see just how fast Usain Bolt is, see our blog article on the subject. Perhaps its the primal simplicity of the event which draws the […]

By Darren Wilkinson from Chester-le-Street, England

Graphing Athletics for Rio 2016

Every new Olympic games brings with it a global, feverish excitement. The epic feats performed within its myriad of stadia and arenas will launch a fortunate few into the realms of superstardom and their performances will go down in legend. Not only do the games provide endless amounts of entertainment but huge amounts of statistics […]

Sports engineering is 2,300 years old

This week was awe-inspiring: I helped set up a 2,300 year old starting gate in an even older stadium with the Indiana-Jones character who discovered it (Prof Stephen Miller) and then raced bare-foot in a modern recreation of the Nemean Games (established 573 BC).

Cycle Size – 3D Body Scanning & Cycling

In a few week’s time our TVs will be jammed with cyclists. You will see Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas wizzing up mountains at the Tour de France, Britain’s best Downhill Mountain bike riders at the British National Championships at Llangynogs, and track superstars such as Laura Trott and Ed Clancy going for gold at […]

Markus Rehm – blade jumper

Photo: Olaf Kosinsky / Wikipedia Markus Rehm is a really good long jumper, despite the prosthetic limb on his right leg.  Or perhaps because of it.  He competed at London 2012 in the paralympics (in the F42/44 category) with a winning distance of 7.53 m. He now holds the IPC world record with 8.40 m, the 3rd longest […]

Football and rugby boot innovation: does performance drive injuries?

The new “Magistra Obra” boots from Nike have just hit the UK market for the modest price of £240. The focus of the football boots’ design is performance: enhanced grip and low weight. The stud shapes have deviated from the classical conical shape into triangles, blades or combinations of different forms. Whilst these shapes presumably aim […]

CSER @ The Jump!

Working as a Sports Engineer means you get asked to work on some really exciting projects, designing a gravity racer or working closely with Olympic athletes. In January we got a phone call from TwoFour who produce the Channel 4 program ‘The Jump‘. The Jump The Jump pits 16 celebrities against each other over a […]

Gravity Racer World Record: The Record Attempt

It was time to see if we could set a world record speed for a gravity racer. The weather was 21ºC in nearby Avignon and the wind on the 2 km road section was light. Feeling buoyant from the previous day’s 81.8 mph and having a number of further changes up our sleeves — we were optimistic.   […]