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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.

    Olympic Special: The Science of Gymnastics

    Olympic Special: The Science of Gymnastics

    The team are joined by gymnastics coach, biomechanist and former competitor Dr Helen Bayne to talk through the scoring systems, debate the controversies and pick the favourites for this year's Tokyo Games. PLUS: Is Simone Biles really the greatest gymnast of all time?
     
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    • 56 min
    S3 E15: I Rode Half the Tour de France Solo and This is What Happened + 2021 TDF Wrap-Up

    S3 E15: I Rode Half the Tour de France Solo and This is What Happened + 2021 TDF Wrap-Up

    SOS Podcast co-host Prof. Ross Tucker took on the challenge of riding half the distance of each 2021 Tour de France stage to see how he would cope. This is what he discovered about himself, his body and his mind after over 60 hours of riding in three weeks. PLUS the team wrap up the 2021 Tour de France, look at the top performers and ask the questions on everyone's lips.
     
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    S3 E14: Tour de France: Can Tadej Pogačar's Domination Be Trusted?

    S3 E14: Tour de France: Can Tadej Pogačar's Domination Be Trusted?

    Slovenian Tadej Pogačar has dominated the 2021 Tour de France but questions about his performance remain given cycling's doping history. How much do we know? What can cycling do to become more transparent and is seeing really believing? The team also catch up with all the latest Olympic news including the recent State of Emergency announced in Tokyo, new confirmed doping violations and two teenage athletes who will be forced to change events after being confirmed as having a DSD condition.


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    S3 E13: 2021 Tour de France: The Age Spread / Is This Year Really More Crash Prone?/ Cycling Biomechanics

    S3 E13: 2021 Tour de France: The Age Spread / Is This Year Really More Crash Prone?/ Cycling Biomechanics

    The 2021 Tour de France has highlighted the spread of ages among the leading contenders from 41-year-old Alejandro Valverde to defending champion Tadej Pogacar: How normal is this and how do riders extend their careers? The team also investigate the crash-prone first week and look at whether there is any such thing as perfect cycling genetics.
     
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    • 56 min
    S3 E12: Tour de France 2021 Preview / Olympic Transgender Controversy / Olympic Spectators: Good or Bad?

    S3 E12: Tour de France 2021 Preview / Olympic Transgender Controversy / Olympic Spectators: Good or Bad?

    The 2021 Tour de France is set to be a battle of the all-rounders with less climbing and more time trialling: The team look at the form book and the course, discuss the different training strategies of the favourites and pick the contenders. PLUS... Olympic organisers set to allow non-cheering spectators while the controversy over New Zealand's transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard, rages on
     
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    S3 E11: The Christian Eriksen Incident: Sudden Death During Sport / Is Track Star Shelby Houlihan Guilty of Doping? / Super Spikes Debate:

    S3 E11: The Christian Eriksen Incident: Sudden Death During Sport / Is Track Star Shelby Houlihan Guilty of Doping? / Super Spikes Debate:

    When Danish football star Christian Eriksen collapsed on the field during a Euro 2020 clash it raised the question of sudden cardiac arrest in world-class sportsmen and women: But how often does it happen, who is at risk and what could have caused it? The team also discuss the positive dope test of American track star Shelby Houlihan and how super spikes may be distorting track records.
     
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