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  • thyroid medication debate

    sportsscientists.com 30 Mar '15, 1pm

    One final thought on the thyroid hormone issue, and I have to raise the ghosts of female/gender issues in sport. There are some “conditions”, which are not really conditions, but rather normal variations in hormones that preclude certain individuals from succeeding in sport. For insta...

  • .@duncanhassall Here is a good overview of the ABP and explanation of OFF score by @Scienceofsport

    Biological Passport: Legal, scientific and performance views

    sportsscientists.com 08 Mar '15, 1pm

    P.S. Just to add, the kind of debate in this post (and the debate and questions it will create) is exactly what the CAS would consider as vital in hearings like those of the Italian cyclists. A cyclist going to the CAS is going to have to present their defense, and their most likely a...

  • Science of Sport: A career change and high performance organizations: The good, the bad & the ugly

    A career change and high performance organizations: The good, the bad & the ugly

    sportsscientists.com 23 Jan '15, 11am

    As I posted the other day , I’ve just finished my first (of presumably/hopefully many) stint in Dublin, working for World Rugby in a career change. I resigned from the University of Cape Town at the end of last year, and rugby’s global governing body came forward right away to offer m...

  • 2015 Genie: Three wishes for the year

    sportsscientists.com 03 Jan '15, 10am

    This was originally a post I threw onto Facebook in a hurry yesterday afternoon , but it seemed to get some traction, so I’m repeating it, with a few expansions here. It is my wishlist for 2015 – none are likely, but 2015 would be better for them (in my opinion!) Top 1. A big name dop...

  • A stragetic and tactical talent management perspective: The viable athlete

    sportsscientists.com 01 Dec '14, 7am

    Physiologically, they possess the minimum athletic requirements to succeed in some sport. Which that will be is up to the initiative of the individual sports, the physiology and the desire of the athlete Environmentally, the viable athlete continues to play and sample sports for as lo...

  • @drtimoneill ...over a shorter distance (10km) tends to beat them over longer distances. I once wrote this:

    Women vs Men Part III

    sportsscientists.com 20 Jan '15, 12pm

    What this graph shows is that when you look at the SAME person across a range of different distances, then you find that the running speed is higher in the men from 5 km up to 56 km, but that the gap between men and women decreased progressively, until eventually, we hit the Two Ocean...

  • 2-hour marathon and the 4-min mile

    sportsscientists.com 16 Dec '14, 10am

    “The project is going to select particular runners, possibly not even having currently run a marathon, but having the suitable credentials over a shorter distance. Those runners will then be exposed to the best that medicine and science can currently offer. They will get medical back-...

  • Muscle Cramps: Part I

    sportsscientists.com 27 Feb '15, 7pm

    The earliest reports of muscle cramps come from 100 years ago, when labourers in hot and humid conditions of the mines and shipyards suffered from cramps. Even that far back, the sweat could be analysed, and it was noticed that the builders had a high chloride level in their sweat (ch...

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