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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 Psychology of Food

    The Psychology of Food

    Disordered eating is common among sportspeople, both amateur and professional. The team talk to dietician and psychologist, Kim Hofmann, about why most people experience it, how to identify bad habits and the secrets of a healthy - and sustainable - eating plan.
     
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    COVID LATEST: Does Fitness Level Affect Severity? / Long Term Effects of Covid on Athletes

    COVID LATEST: Does Fitness Level Affect Severity? / Long Term Effects of Covid on Athletes

    With thousands of studies being conducted around the Covid pandemic, many are now finally producing results. Prof. Ross Tucker and co-host Mike Finch look at the latest research in sport and if fitness level can help mitigate the severity of both Covid and other diseases.
     
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    • 56 min
    Q&A Session: Covid Impact on Elite Sport / The Importance of Self Talk / Can the Mind Override the Body?

    Q&A Session: Covid Impact on Elite Sport / The Importance of Self Talk / Can the Mind Override the Body?

    In this episode, the team answer your questions. We tackle the effects of the Covid pandemic on elite sport progression, whether the mind is capable of pushing the body to greater performance, how delayed specialisation may benefit young sportspeople and the importance of self talk no matter what your sport.
     
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    The Freeman Doping Affair: The Case Against Team Sky and British Cycling

    The Freeman Doping Affair: The Case Against Team Sky and British Cycling

    When the UK Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) recently found former Team Sky and British Cycling head doctor, Dr Richard Freeman, guilty of illegally ordering testosterone for an unnamed rider, it sent shock waves through British sport. The team talk to renowned sports journalist Sean Ingle of The Guardian who followed the case closely for almost two years. Ingle offers a fascinating insight into the testimonies that he witnessed and what the future may hold for British Cycling.
     
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    • 45 min
    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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    • 1 hr 29 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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48 Ratings

48 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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