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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
    • 5.0 • 62 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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    How Cold Affects Exercise

    How Cold Affects Exercise

    From the extremes of cold water swimming to how the body loses heat and hyperthermia. The team takes a deep dive into the fascinating physiological effect of cold on the exercising body, how to deal with it and what you can expect when the temperatures drop
    Show notes and links:
    The study that measured how long it took for heart rate, daily activity and sleep to return to normal after Covid-19 infection by using people's fitbit dataThe Nature paper that finds increased risk of incident cardiovascular disease after covid-19 infectionAn article by Mike Tipton on cold water hypothermia and survival, published in The LancetThe paper on the skier who survived a temperature on 13.7 degrees, written by the treating physicianOne example of research that studies the cold-shock response and how regular cold water immersion reduces the intensity of the response Get bonus content on Patreon
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Should Women's Soccer Have Different Rules? / Is African Cycling Finally On The Rise?

    Should Women's Soccer Have Different Rules? / Is African Cycling Finally On The Rise?

    The team take on three different subjects in our new segment called 'Caught My Eye." We tackle the subject of how different rules and regulations in women's soccer can improve the quality of the game to the potential of African riders to start dominating world cycling and the relationship between sleep and concussion in impact sports.
    Show Notes:
    Sleep article https://meridian.allenpress.com/jat/article/doi/10.4085/1062-6050-0078.22/482396/Prospective-Implications-of-Insufficient-Sleep-for
    The study on brain oxygenation in Kenyan runners that Ross was part of: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28321639/ 
    A paper analysing the Kenyan running phenomenon that Ross published: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264745551_Analysis_of_the_Kenyan_Distance-Running_Phenomenon 
    The study on scaling football in women based on physical differences: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00762/full
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    EXCLUSIVE: How Adidas Took On Nike In The Shoe Wars

    EXCLUSIVE: How Adidas Took On Nike In The Shoe Wars

    The team take a critical look at an interview with Simon Lockett, Global Category Director of Running Footwear at adidas. Simon and his team are involved in the overall strategy, product creation, and go-to-market approach for a number of franchises including ADIZERO racing footwear and the Duramo franchise. He works together with a team of expert product managers who work alongside design and development to produce the world’s fastest running shoes. But have adidas succeeded in taking on Nike and were they sent into panic mode when the US giant released the first super shoe back in 2016?
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Doping and the Curious Case of Shelby Houlihan

    Doping and the Curious Case of Shelby Houlihan

    Excuses for doping are as varied as the drugs available on Amazon (yep, it's that easy!). But what does it take to be a doper? Are authorities winning the war and is American track superstar Shelby Houlihan really guilty of being a doper herself? The team unpack it all in this latest update on the war against performance-enhancing drugs.
    Show notes:
    Read more about the topics discussed in this podcast here:
    Ross' detailed technical analysis of the Shelby Houlihan caseThe Q&A that LetsRun.com does with Ross on the caseThe full CAS decision in the Shelby Houlihan caseA review of the risk of contamination of supplementsA second review on the risk of inadvertent doping through supplement use Get bonus content on Patreon
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    How The Pros Train (And What We Can Learn From It)

    How The Pros Train (And What We Can Learn From It)

    From top level cyclists to world-class runners and speedskaters, pro training regimes offer a fascinating look into what it takes to count yourself among the world's best. Recent research among top-level athletes is also leading us to question entrenched training methods as sports scientists continue to learn more about the way the body adapts and reacts to exercise.
    SHOW NOTES:
    The study of world class distance runners’ training - https://sportsmedicine-open.springeropen.com/track/pdf/10.1186/s40798-022-00438-7.pdf
    A study comparing polarized training to a high threshold pyramidal training model, as mentioned in the show: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jonathan-Esteve/publication/237096628_Does_Polarized_Training_Improve_Performance_in_Recreational_Runners/links/0a85e530cba391399a000000/Does-Polarized-Training-Improve-Performance-in-Recreational-Runners.pdf
    Marius Bakken’s website, which describes the Norweigan model: http://www.mariusbakken.com/the-norwegian-model.html
    The training approach of Nils van der Poel: https://www.howtoskate.se/
    One of Stephen Seiler’s early descriptions of the polarized training of elite athletes: https://paulogentil.com/pdf/Quantifying%20training%20intensity%20distribution%20in%20elite%20endurance%20athletes%20-%20is%20there%20evidence%20for%20an%20optimal%20distribution.pdf
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    • 54 min
    CYCLING SPECIAL: The Science of Cadence / Van der Poel's Incredible Numbers / Colbrelli's Health Scare

    CYCLING SPECIAL: The Science of Cadence / Van der Poel's Incredible Numbers / Colbrelli's Health Scare

    In this cycling special, we take a deep dive into the numbers that helped Mathieu van Poel win the Tour of Flanders, why new research on cadence has challenged decades-old beliefs and how sportspeople with heart problems may still be able to compete at the top level thanks to modern technology.
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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

Rog Orange River ,

Top Sports Podcast

Lots of great sports discussions and current insight. I enjoy the information to make you think. Some top sports science knowledge to apply in endurance sport.

Brian Kerby ,

Thanks

Thanks guys. Really enjoying the very informative podcasts. Best way to pass a few hours on the trainer. Trying to get as much of my IM training done on the trainer so many thanks. 🙏🏻

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.

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