29 Mar '17, 12pm

Sports science, marginal gains and common sense

Below is an expanded version of an article I wrote for a South African newspaper on Monday this week. It concerns Matthew Syed’s and Dave Brailsford’s mythical concept of “marginal gains”, which is also known as common sense, and which includes elements of sports science, in the high performance sports world. I also fixed a little mistake from the original (my bad!) “I think it’s a load of rubbish, if I’m honest. A lot of people made a lot of money out of it and David Brailsford used it constantly as his calling card. But I always thought it was a load of rubbish.” So says 2012 Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins, about the concept of marginal gains, during a public appearance last week. Wiggins, it must be said, speaks with some personal venom, fueled by his perception that has been sacrificed by his former team in the sport’s latest doping scandal. He is not, however...

Full article: http://sportsscientists.com/2017/03/sports-science-margin...

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