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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. Get bonus content on Patreon
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The Real Science of Sport Podcast Professor Ross Tucker and Mike Finch

    • Sports
    • 4.6 • 133 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. Get bonus content on Patreon
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    Make Your Own Sports Drink / Smart Mouthguards in Rugby / Do We Need On-Field Match Officials in Sport?

    Make Your Own Sports Drink / Smart Mouthguards in Rugby / Do We Need On-Field Match Officials in Sport?

    Can you make your own sports drink and what would be the right mix? Here's what to look for. The team also tackles (see what we did there!) the use of smart mouthguards in rugby, whether trail star Stian Angermund was really guilty of doping, why parkrun has removed some of its records from its website and if the controversial Enhanced Games has any chance of succeeding.
    SHOW NOTES
    Stian Angermund Doping Case
    Reigning world short-course trail running champion Stian Angermund says he is innocent and “utterly bewildered” after testing positive for banned substance chlorthalidone after winning the 55km OCC event at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc for the second time last year.
    Also the Quartz WADA crossover
    https://runningmagazine.ca/trail-running/anti-doping-in-trail-and-ultrarunning-is-the-quartz-program-enough/
    James Magnussen and the enhanced games
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2024/feb/09/australian-swimmer-james-magnussen-enhanced-games-drug-taking
    Parkrun removes records
    https://www.parkrun.com/blog/news/2024/02/08/changes-to-statistics-on-the-parkrun-websites/
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    The Sporting Diet: How To Eat, Fuel And Thrive

    The Sporting Diet: How To Eat, Fuel And Thrive

    The team are joined by renowned sports dietician, Australian Louise Burke, to discuss everything from keto and fasting to the latest guidelines in fueling and nutrition in sport. Burke has spent over 40 years working in the field of sports nutrition and is an academic and author. She was the head of sports nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) throughout its existence from 1990 to 2018 and in 2018 was appointed Chief of AIS Nutrition Strategy. Since 2014, she holds the chair in sports nutrition in the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University.

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    • 2 hr 3 min
    DISCOURSE: Enhanced Games: Hype Or Reality? / 15-Year-old's Doping Saga / Is Rugby Too Dangerous For U18s?

    DISCOURSE: Enhanced Games: Hype Or Reality? / 15-Year-old's Doping Saga / Is Rugby Too Dangerous For U18s?

    Welcome to the Science of Sport Discourse. A monthly wrap of all the stories doing the rounds on our Patreon and newly-launched Discourse channel. Want to be part of the discussion? Become a supporter of the Science of Sport Podcast on Patreon HERE and get free access to our exclusive Discourse channel moderated by Gareth Davies.
    SHOW NOTES
    The New Science of Sport Discourse - a Patron exclusive, A community that we aspire to make the most well-informed forum on sports science in the world: https://scienceofsportpodcast.discourse.group/. Log in with your Patron details.
    Become a Patron of The Science of Sport HERE
    The Valieva doping story - now banned for four years. Sean Ingle wrote the story that summarises the case HERE
    After we discussed the case on the show, the full decision was published, which revealed that Valieva’s team had blamed a contaminated strawberry cake for the test. We’ll touch on this in our next show. READ MORE
    The full decision in the case of Michael Saruni, now banned after trying to send a friend to provide a doping test
    An update on the Enhanced Games, which, as you’ll hear on the pod, Mike thinks is complete “bollocks”
    The documentary about rugby’s referees at the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Well worth a watch.
    Track and field will soon join the docuseries trend
    Sean Ingle’s article on rugby risks in children, including mention of the call to ban tackling and rugby in Under 18s, and the mixing of age grades
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    INTERVIEW: Inside The World Of A Pro Mountain Biker

    INTERVIEW: Inside The World Of A Pro Mountain Biker

    Swiss rider Marcel Guerrini is at the top of the pile when it comes to the world's best XC mountain bikers. The team take a look into his world to talk about sacrifice, training, race tactics and pacing. Guerrini is a regular top-five finisher at World Cups and is aiming to qualify for the Olympics in 2024... not an easy task when you come from the strongest mountain biking nation in the world.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Hello 2024 News Wrap: Another World Running Record / UCI Rules on Brake Levers / Crazy VO2 Numbers / Cold Weather & Concussion

    Hello 2024 News Wrap: Another World Running Record / UCI Rules on Brake Levers / Crazy VO2 Numbers / Cold Weather & Concussion

    To kick off Season 6 we wrap up some of the latest news from the world of sports science including the craziness of world running records, UCI bans on in-turned brake levers, one athlete's crazy high VO2 Max numbers and why cold weather may increase the risk of concussion in contact sports.
    SHOW NOTES
    Letsrun article on the 10km WR of Agnes Ngetich
    Article on the UCI’s clampdown on inturned brake levers
    More detailed discussion of the implications of the UCI policy
    The discussion about the insanely high VO2max reported in Blummenfeldt, and some chat about why it may not be entirely legit
    The paper we mention that shows how many of the gas analysers used in exercise testing don’t have the reliability and accuracy they should have
    The analysis showing that concussion risk in the NFL may be higher on cold days
    Rugby start Louis Rees Zammit heads to make it in the NFL, this article explains the challenges he’ll face
    Podcast that mentions Coco Pops as a pre-exercise ‘meal’ (don’t overdo this advice!), part of Ross’ tongue-in-cheek New Year’s resolutions (full episode is subscriber only)
    Article by Stuart Philips, a future guest of the pod, on the benefits of resistance training
    Interview with Tommy Lundberg on the same resistance training topic

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Sleep And Menopause: Understanding The Impact And Learning To Cope

    Sleep And Menopause: Understanding The Impact And Learning To Cope

    The team talk to Dr Zoe Schaedel on the impact of menopause on sleep patterns and how to resolve them. Schaedel has 15 years of experience as an NHS GP in the UK with expertise in menopause care, sleep problems, sexual health and contraception. She is an accredited British Menopause Society (BMS) Menopause Specialist and is a member of the BMS Medical Advisory Council.
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
133 Ratings

133 Ratings

DocLouIowa ,

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Love the show. If you want to watch the Super Bowl in person, expect to pay over $5000 for one ticket.

Luis
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mvelasco07 ,

Highly recommend!

I recently discovered the Real Science of Sport podcast and have been consistently impressed by the wealth of knowledge and insights shared in each episode. I truly learn something every time I tune in. Highly recommend giving it a listen!

NicolasAJD ,

Too much rugby?

I like this podcast a lot. I discovered it during Tour de France. I’ve enjoyed discussions of cycling, athletics, records, fatigue, altitude, training, and even concussions. But I really hope it doesn’t become a rugby podcast or I’ll just stop listening. I can only take so much talk of mouthguards, refereeing, and other niceties of rugby, thank you.

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