29 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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    • 5.0, 37 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.

    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
    Why Everything You Know About Recovery May Be BS

    Why Everything You Know About Recovery May Be BS

    From ice baths to Tom Brady's infrared pajamas, the science of recovery is full of wild claims and wonder products. Join Prof. Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch as they interview world-renowned science journalist - and author of the 2019 book Good To Go - Christie Aschwanden, and explore the real science behind athletic recovery and debunk some of the myths along the way
     
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    • 50 min
    The Science of Perfect Training

    The Science of Perfect Training

    Cut through the hype and discover what the science says about training just right... no matter what your sport. Join host Mike Finch and world-renowned sports scientist Prof. Ross Tucker as they explain the fundamentals of a good training plan, how the body gets fitter and stronger, long slow distance vs intervals, how to recover just right and the simplest way to manage your own progress like a pro. It's a must- listen for anyone serious about their performance.
     
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    The Shoe That Broke Running II: The End of Integrity

    The Shoe That Broke Running II: The End of Integrity

    Nike's newly-released Alphafly Next% - released just four days after new regulations on shoe design were announced by World Athletics - will do little to restore the integrity of distance running times and records. Prof Ross Tucker and sports editor Mike Finch, together with guest biomechanist Geoff Burns, explain how the sport may have changed forever... and not in a good way!
     
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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

DonWill17 ,

Accurate. Topical. Challenging. Top Drawer.

Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away in theory and on a wave of idealism, but Prof Tucker and Mike Finch keep you engaged with the content whether you’re a seasoned coached or a young parent.

DTadmor ,

Excellent.

Possibly the most relevant, accurate and objective podcast in the field of sport and sport science. Applicable to everyone who loves sport, science, current events and knowledge. Excellent job.

Wes_SA ,

Sports science for all

Very interesting and enjoyable podcast. Mike Finch and Dr. Tucker strike up a great partnership and complement each other really well. They manage to make science accessible without ‘dumbing it down’ at all.

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