Driven by data

Early in winter we talked to high performance managers at the Port Adelaide Football Club (PAFC) and their external collaborators – the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics – about the innovative blood biomarker research the footy club had undertaken during pre-season training, as part of implementing sports science into AFL. With the AFL finals just around … Continue reading Driven by data

Super spikes: the next shoe advantage?

Rai Benjamin of the US may have won the silver medal for Men’s 400-metre hurdles at the Tokyo Olympics this week, but he didn’t escape the controversy surrounding his shoes, and whether they created an unfair advantage. Despite breaking a world record himself, gold medallist Karsten Warholm of Norway took aim at Benjamin about his … Continue reading Super spikes: the next shoe advantage?

Sports injury forecast in a blood test… coming soon to a footy team near you?

Port Adelaide footy players are rightly feeling pretty good. They are sitting in fifth position on the AFL ladder, have had a few decent wins (including a nail-biter against Collingwood), rested up through a bye weekend, and gave Geelong a proper shake before the Cats got away from them in a fourth-quarter blitz. Behind the … Continue reading Sports injury forecast in a blood test… coming soon to a footy team near you?

Olympic genes to go higher, faster, stronger?

In preparation for the postponed Tokyo Olympics, athletes all around the world are lining up to be injected with genetic material. This genetic material will provide the instructions to produce specific proteins, which will prime the immune system to build the antibodies and T-cells needed to fight off a COVID-19 infection. However, the modulation of … Continue reading Olympic genes to go higher, faster, stronger?

The psychology of missing a penalty

The moments before a penalty kick are incredibly tense, and new research shows that brain activity might be the reason a golden opportunity can turn into a nightmare. The study team, led by Max Slutter of the University of Twente in the Netherlands, measured the brain activity of soccer players on the pitch and found … Continue reading The psychology of missing a penalty

Rise in self-reported concussions in US adolescents

Approximately a quarter of adolescents in the US have experienced concussions, according to a new report. A team from the University of Michigan, US, led by Phil Veliz, reported that the incident of at least one lifetime concussion in US adolescents between grades 8 and 12 had increased from 19.5% in 2016 to 24.6% in … Continue reading Rise in self-reported concussions in US adolescents

The right shoes help athletes run faster

The right shoes could help athletes reduces their race times. A team, led by Stéphane Bermon of World Athletics, Monaco, has found that times from long distance races significantly decreased since 2017, which directly coincided with the release of the Nike Vaporfly 4% shoe. In their analysis, the team compared race times of elite athletes … Continue reading The right shoes help athletes run faster