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World-renowned sports scientist Professor Ross Tucker and veteran sports journalist Mike Finch break down the myths, practices and controversies from the world of sport. From athletics to rugby, soccer, cycling and more, the two delve into the most recent research, unearth lessons from the pros and host exclusive interviews with some of the world's leading sporting experts. For those who love sport.

The Real Science of Sport Podcast Professor Ross Tucker and Mike Finch

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World-renowned sports scientist Professor Ross Tucker and veteran sports journalist Mike Finch break down the myths, practices and controversies from the world of sport. From athletics to rugby, soccer, cycling and more, the two delve into the most recent research, unearth lessons from the pros and host exclusive interviews with some of the world's leading sporting experts. For those who love sport.

    TOUR DE FRANCE WRAP: Pogacar's Race-Winning TT Analysis / Cadence vs Power / VAM Explainer

    TOUR DE FRANCE WRAP: Pogacar's Race-Winning TT Analysis / Cadence vs Power / VAM Explainer

    Slovenian Tadej Pogacar's sensational penultimate stage performance up the famed Les Planche de Belle Filles, on his way to his overall win, will go down in legend as one of most dramatic moments in Tour de France history. Prof. Ross Tucker and Mike Finch break down the numbers, discuss the implications and wrap up an enthralling edition of the world's greatest stage race. They also discuss cadence vs power, the meaning of VAM, the Covid success story and whether leg length and height make a difference in cycling.
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    TOUR DE FRANCE 2020 (Week 2): The True Risk of Covid and Roadside Fans / Pogacar's Climbing Numbers / The Concussion Question

    TOUR DE FRANCE 2020 (Week 2): The True Risk of Covid and Roadside Fans / Pogacar's Climbing Numbers / The Concussion Question

    Do excitable fans on the side of the roads really present a threat to cyclists in the midst of the Covid pandemic? Join Mike and Ross for a second week analysis of the 2020 Tour de France as they delve into the facts, the numbers and the stats and look forward to a thrilling final week
     
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    THE CASE OF CASTER: Why Principle Trumped Bad Evidence / Her Future / What It Means For the Future of Women's Sport

    THE CASE OF CASTER: Why Principle Trumped Bad Evidence / Her Future / What It Means For the Future of Women's Sport

    This week double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya lost her appeal in a Swiss Federal Court to have a decision made by World Athletics - effectively forcing her to lower her testosterone levels artificially in order to compete in her favoured event - overturned. Ross and Mike break down this complex issue, question some of the suspect evidence and decisions made by World Athletics and what the future holds for the controversial athlete. Support our podcast @ https://www.patreon.com/thescienceofsport
     
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    TOUR DE FRANCE 2020 (Week 1): First Week Deep Dive / What Pro Power Data Shows Us / The Covid Question / How the Sprints are Won

    TOUR DE FRANCE 2020 (Week 1): First Week Deep Dive / What Pro Power Data Shows Us / The Covid Question / How the Sprints are Won

    The first week of the delayed 2020 Tour de France threw up some big surprises and some stunning performances. But what does all the data say about the state of the sport, the contenders and what it takes to win? Prof. Ross Tucker and sports journalist Mike Finch take a deep dive into the first week of a long-awaited Tour, break down the facts and make some predictions, Support our podcast @ https://www.patreon.com/thescienceofsport
     
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    THE SUPPLEMENTS EPISODE / Why Most Claims are Bogus / What Really Works / The Problem with Vitamins

    THE SUPPLEMENTS EPISODE / Why Most Claims are Bogus / What Really Works / The Problem with Vitamins

    From vitamins to weight-loss tablets, muscle builders and energy drinks, supplements promise a quick fix to performance and health. But is there any evidence that they work? Join Prof. Ross Tucker and sports journalist Mike Finch as they lay bare the often murky, and unregulated, world of supplements, the bogus claims and some of the dangers of believing in the hype. Support our podcast @ https://www.patreon.com/thescienceofsport
     
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Simple Truth about Exercise and Hydration

    The Simple Truth about Exercise and Hydration

    The perfect hydration strategy during exercise is simpler than you think. Join Prof. Ross Tucker and Mike Finch as they delve into the science, discuss how advice has been corrupted by suspect marketing claims and why drinking too much may be a bigger threat to health. Support our podcast @ https://www.patreon.com/thescienceofsport
     
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    • 58 min

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