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 […]

Physics and the Games: a winning formula – Video

The Institute of Physics (IOP) runs an annual lecture tour which visits many schools in Great Britain. These tours aim to enthuse and engage, showing how physics is a relevant and interesting topic. The Centre for Sports Engineering Research is very lucky to have been involved with the tour on two separate occasions. In 2012 Leon Foster […]

Cutting Edge 2012 – Videos

During the run up to the Olympics six events (hosted by Research Councils UK and the Royal Institution) were held across the country, each one explored the role of technological research in sport. The evenings had a number of different guest speakers which discussed and explored six different areas: Technological ‘doping’ Cycling Diving Sailing Athletics […]

Ping pong is bouncing back

Major sports such as football, tennis and rugby get extensive media coverage. Less ubiquitous sports such as swimming and cycling usually have to wait until the Olympics or major event to get significant coverage. Table tennis rarely sees much coverage outside of the Olympics, even during a major event. However, this month, table tennis is […]

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 […]

How to win an Olympic gold medal

How to win an Olympic gold medal After all the excitement surrounding the recent London Olympic Games, it’s not just me wanting to be part of the gold medal rush in years to come. As our last ‘Ask a sports engineer’ question indicates: “What is the easiest sport in which to win a gold medal?” […]

The top 5 olympic sports that have been influenced by technology: No 5.

Technology played a huge role in this summer’s Olympics; video systems to analyse boxers, touch sensitive suits in fencing and the revolution in communication due to social media systems that enabled us to feel like we are at every venue. We received a thought provoking question from our ‘Ask a sports engineer’ project: “Has any […]

The Story of the Javelin- Bringing it Back Down to Earth

Talking about the sport of javelin throwing brings back memories of school sports days and the ‘safety’ javelins we would throw, made from what I can only describe as the grey pipe insulation you would normally find under your kitchen sink! I was lucky if I was able to project the length of grey tubing […]

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 […]