32 episodes

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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    • 4.7, 47 Ratings

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.

    Watt The FTP?

    Watt The FTP?

    Functional Threshold Power (FTP) is one of the most popular terms in endurance sport and used by both professional and amateur racers. Take a deep dive into the what, how and use of FTP, what it really means in the world of sports science and why it's often misunderstood as a training tool. Essential listening for anyone who loves a little heavy breathing.
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Why the WHO's Advice on Exercising and Face Masks is Wrong

    Why the WHO's Advice on Exercising and Face Masks is Wrong

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently advised against the use of masks while exercising. Prof. Ross Tucker and sports journalist Mike Finch explore the real risks, the science and the performance effects of wearing a mask when breathing gets heavier.
     
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    • 45 min
    The Adria Tennis Tour: How NOT to Organise A Sporting Event in the Time Of Corona

    The Adria Tennis Tour: How NOT to Organise A Sporting Event in the Time Of Corona

    The ill-fated Adria tennis Tour, headlined by world number one Novak Djokovic, was a lesson for sporting organisers around the world in what not to do during the Covid-19 pandemic. Professor Ross Tucker and Science of Sport podcast host, Mike Finch, discuss what organisers did wrong, how they could have made it happen safely and the repercussions for all sporting events in the near future
     
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    • 18 min
    Corona Comeback: How Sport Is Leading The Way / Do Spectators Matter?

    Corona Comeback: How Sport Is Leading The Way / Do Spectators Matter?

    With soccer matches already under way and many professional sports looking at innovative plans to get back in action, Prof. Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch explore the various models being used and what sports' recovery could mean for the rest of society. We also talk about the effect of spectator-less games on performance and do crowds really matter
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    The Remarkable Effects of Exercise on Ageing

    The Remarkable Effects of Exercise on Ageing

    Taking part in regular exercise throughout your life has truly remarkable effects on performance and ageing. Prof. Ross Tucker and Mike Finch discuss the effects of age on our bodies, how to design the perfect 'active' life, push back the years and find motivation... no matter how old you are! APOLOGIES FOR SOME OF THE SOUND QUALITY DUE TO REMOTE RECORDING.
     
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Sport, Exercise and Health in the Age of Corona

    Sport, Exercise and Health in the Age of Corona

    The impact of the Coronavirus across the globe has been felt in every sphere of life, including sport. From the cancellation and postponement of most major sporting events, including the Olympic Games, to the future of the professional game, Covid19 is likely to have a lasting effect. Join Prof. Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch as they discuss the impact of the pandemic, how and when normal sport may resume, the consequences of reduced training time and the role health and fitness play in the fight against the virus.
     
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Dalajo ,

Informative without any BS

Ross Tucker and Mike Finch are two brilliant human-beings. They discuss controversial issues in a real way. No sugar coating or taking sides. Thank you for your time and sharing your knowledge with us.

Tesboston ,

Love the athletes participation

My US ear/bias make this podcast an interesting learning experience. Listening to discussions based around cricket, which I know little about, made me think a bit. I really liked the 2 pods where athletes were being interviewed and participated in the discussion. It was a very open dialogue.

Keep it coming.

MatthewSA007 ,

Great topical insights

This is a great podcast for any sport fan who is interested in the science behind high performance and sport in general.

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