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Oscar and Alan

I spent a good part of today thinking about the issues arising from yesterday's men’s 200m – T44 final at the Paralympic Games. The Conversation posted this article on some of this discussion. Brendan Burkett in an article for the British Journal of Sports Medicine helped me clarify my thinking. He pointed out that: athletes depend on their prostheses in order to run, and so the prostheses are essential for performance; however, based on the mechanical analysis alone, these same aids could be considered performance enhancement. (My emphasis) I thought I would go to some of the literature on Usain Bolt to focus...

Performance at Sea Level and at Altitude at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in...

I monitored the performance of teams at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. I was interested in goal scoring performance at sea level and altitude and summarised the data in Goals Scored at 2010 FIFA World Cup Venues. Watching the 2010 Football World Cup took me back to the 1995 Rugby World Cup (RWC) in South Africa. I was a member of the Welsh Rugby Union's management team at the 1995 RWC and was there as a performance analyst. It was the last tournament at world level before the professional rugby union era. Invictus dramatises some of the...