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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.

    The Amazing Science of Sleep

    The Amazing Science of Sleep

    Sleep, and the quality of it, can dictate everything from our moods to our sporting performances. Prof. Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch interview sleep science expert Dr Dale Rae for a deep dive into the importance of sleep, the effects of poor sleeping habits, how genes can dictate whether we are larks or owls, practical tips on getting better quality naps and if modern tech really works for monitoring our sleep patterns.
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    Q&A SPECIAL: Salty Sweater? Is it bad thing? / Why You're Probably Training Too Hard / Smart Watch VO2: How Accurate Are They?

    Q&A SPECIAL: Salty Sweater? Is it bad thing? / Why You're Probably Training Too Hard / Smart Watch VO2: How Accurate Are They?

    We asked our Patreon community to pose their most vexing sport science questions so that we could answer them. Prof Tucker and Mike Finch discuss everything from salty sweaters to the real facts behind the 80-20 endurance training rule, women-specific training protocols and the accuracy of modern-day fitness smartwatches to predict VO2 max.


    NOTES:
    - 2020 Review on Occlusion training, a systematic review: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0363546520964454?journalCode=ajsb


    - Early (2009) review on occlusion training: https://journals.lww.com/nsca-scj/fulltext/2009/06000/the_use_of_occlusion_training_to_produce_muscle.11.aspx#:~:text=LOW%2DINTENSITY%20OCCLUSION%20


    - Potential safety issues with blood flow restriction: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21410544/


    - Review on the mechanisms for improvement with blood flow restriction: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25249278/


    - Health for Performance resources in the context of women’s sport and RED-S: http://health4performance.co.uk/


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    • 1 hr 35 min
    The Science of Motivation / Does BMI really matter? / How Exercise Affects Body Temperature

    The Science of Motivation / Does BMI really matter? / How Exercise Affects Body Temperature

    S3, Ep1: In our first episode of 2021 Mike Finch and Prof. RossTucker discuss the science of staying motivated, if Body Mass Index (BMI) is outdated and how exercise affects body temperature. We also discuss plans for the year, the issue of health versus performance and whether or not the Tokyo Olympics may go ahead this year.
     
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Does Crowd Support Matter? / What Covid Taught Us / 2021: The Stories to Watch

    Does Crowd Support Matter? / What Covid Taught Us / 2021: The Stories to Watch

    From shoe tech to the effect of crowd support on performance, 2020 has been an unprecedented year that also provided some unique opportunities. Together with some of the leading voices in global sports science, Prof. Ross Tucker and Mike Finch look forward to the breakthroughs and controversies likely to dominate in 2021, why they matter and how they will change the games we play.
     
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Why Rugby's Controversial New Transgender Guidelines Make Sense For All Sporting Codes

    Why Rugby's Controversial New Transgender Guidelines Make Sense For All Sporting Codes

    In early October 2020, World Rugby released its Transgender Guidelines aimed at protecting player safety. But the guidelines were followed by controversy with some unions even refusing to implement them, Prof. Ross Tucker, who was part of the World Rugby committee that decided on the guidelines, explains why the science makes sense and why all sporting codes need to look closely at World Rugby's lead.
     
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    What the London Marathon Taught Us About Performance and Temperature / The Fall of Kipchoge / Can Kosgei Be Beaten?

    What the London Marathon Taught Us About Performance and Temperature / The Fall of Kipchoge / Can Kosgei Be Beaten?

    The ground-breaking 2020 London Marathon saw the great Eliud Kipchoge lose his first marathon since 2013 as Ethopian Shura Kitata took the men's win and Brigid Kosgei the women's title. But the real story of the marathon was the weather and what really happened to Kipchoge on race day. Prof. Ross Tucker and Mike Finch take a close look at one of the most dramatic city marathons in history
     
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