The Real Science of Sport Podcast

The Real Science of Sport Podcast

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Revealing the truth behind the games we play with Professor Ross Tucker and sports journalist Mike Finch


Watt The FTP?
Jul 10 • 83 min
Functional Threshold Power (FTP) is one of the most popular terms in endurance sport and used by both professional and amateur racers. Take a deep dive into the what, how and use of FTP, what it really means in the world of sports science and why it’s…
Why the WHO’s Advice on Exercising and Face Masks is Wrong
Jul 3 • 45 min
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently advised against the use of masks while exercising. Prof. Ross Tucker and sports journalist Mike Finch explore the real risks, the science and the performance effects of wearing a mask when breathing gets…
The Adria Tennis Tour: How NOT to Organise A Sporting Event in the Time Of Corona
Jun 25 • 18 min
The ill-fated Adria tennis Tour, headlined by world number one Novak Djokovic, was a lesson for sporting organisers around the world in what not to do during the Covid-19 pandemic. Professor Ross Tucker and Science of Sport podcast host, Mike Finch,…
Corona Comeback: How Sport Is Leading The Way / Do Spectators Matter?
May 28 • 75 min
With soccer matches already under way and many professional sports looking at innovative plans to get back in action, Prof. Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch explore the various models being used and what sports’ recovery could mean for the rest of society.…
The Remarkable Effects of Exercise on Ageing
May 12 • 71 min
Taking part in regular exercise throughout your life has truly remarkable effects on performance and ageing. Prof. Ross Tucker and Mike Finch discuss the effects of age on our bodies, how to design the perfect ‘active’ life, push back the years and find…
Sport, Exercise and Health in the Age of Corona
Apr 7 • 62 min
The impact of the Coronavirus across the globe has been felt in every sphere of life, including sport. From the cancellation and postponement of most major sporting events, including the Olympic Games, to the future of the professional game, Covid19 is…
Why Everything You Know About Recovery May Be BS
Mar 18 • 50 min
From ice baths to Tom Brady’s infrared pajamas, the science of recovery is full of wild claims and wonder products. Join Prof. Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch as they interview world-renowned science journalist - and author of the 2019 book Good To Go -…
The Science of Perfect Training
Feb 26 • 98 min
Cut through the hype and discover what the science says about training just right… no matter what your sport. Join host Mike Finch and world-renowned sports scientist Prof. Ross Tucker as they explain the fundamentals of a good training plan, how the body…
The Shoe That Broke Running II: The End of Integrity
Feb 8 • 90 min
Nike’s newly-released Alphafly Next% - released just four days after new regulations on shoe design were announced by World Athletics - will do little to restore the integrity of distance running times and records. Prof Ross Tucker and sports editor Mike…
2019 Wrap: The Awards / Our Favourite Interview / The Stories That Changed The World / 2020 Predictions
Dec 31, 2019 • 79 min
From the shoe that broke running, to drug cheats, Caster Semenya, Alberto Salazar, the best way to make a champion and Red-S, our first season of the Science of Sport Podcast was never short on controversy. Host Mike Finch and Prof. Ross Tucker name their…
The Amelia Boone Interview: How the “Queen of Pain” Faces Down Her Demons
Dec 3, 2019 • 57 min
As one of the world’s top obstacle racers and ultra runners, Amelia Boone is regarded as one of the toughest female athletes on the planet. But a lifetime battling eating disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) almost cost the American her life…
Mary Cain & RED-S: When Weight Loss Affects Performance
Nov 25, 2019 • 78 min
Join Prof. Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch - with guests exercise physiologist and scientist Dr Trent Stellingwerff and former elite runner Hilary Stellingwerff - as we look into the causes, culture and psychology of Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport…
The TECH EPISODE / When Tech Affects Performance Integrity / Tech Overuse and Reliance / What The Future Holds
Nov 20, 2019 • 81 min
Professor Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch looked at the effect that modern day tech has on sport, its role in performance and what the future looks like. We discuss everything from the effect of cellphone distraction on athlete performance, what some…
What Rugby is Teaching Other Sports About Player Safety
Oct 30, 2019 • 69 min
From law changes to concussion research, World Rugby has taken a proactive approach to make the game safer at all levels. Professor Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch discuss the research and findings into the risks of contact sports around the world, why…
The Shoe That Broke Running
Oct 23, 2019 • 82 min
Mechanical Doping or Tech Breakthrough? Nike’s controversial carbon-plated Vaporfly running shoe has forced us to recalibrate what performances mean. Host Mike Finch joins sports scientist Ross Tucker and biomechanist Geoff Burns to look at the tech, how…
A Critical Analysis of the Ineos 1:59: Breaking The Sub-2 Hour Marathon
Oct 8, 2019 • 66 min
Is Eliud Kipchoge’s second attempt at breaking the two-hour marathon mark a human advance or just a technological sidestep? In October the world’s best marathoner will attempt to run inside 120 minutes using every advancement available from carbon-plated…
The Craziest Week In Athletics / The Case Against Salazar / Bekele In Berlin / World Championships
Oct 4, 2019 • 70 min
In one of the most dramatic weeks in athletics history, legendary American coach Alberto Salazar was banned for four years for doping offences, 37-year-old Kenenisa Bekele missed the world record in the marathon by a scant two seconds in Berlin and there…
World Athletics Champs Preview: The Science of Heat / Doping Scandals / Who To Watch / The State of T&F
Sep 27, 2019 • 72 min
The World Athletics Championships takes place in Doha from September 27 to October 6 and handling heat, hopefully, will the major talking point. From midnight marathons to air conditioned stadiums to the best way to stay cool, we tackle the science of…
Why the All Blacks Are the World’s Greatest Sports Team
Sep 23, 2019 • 68 min
Join Prof Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch as they speak to renowned author Peter Bills about his latest book ‘The Jersey: The Secrets Behind the World’s Most Successful Team” (Pan Macmillan). Bills - one the UK’s foremost sports journalists and writers -…
An Expert’s Guide to Becoming a World Class Rugby Team
Sep 17, 2019 • 74 min
Join one of the world’s most outspoken voices in rugby, former Springbok player, international coach, analyst and World Rugby advisor Nick Mallett as we explore what it takes to make it to the top level of international rugby union. Mallett describes - in…
How to Cheat at Sport and Get Away With It
Sep 9, 2019 • 83 min
Why do sportsmen and women cheat? Because they are human. But when is cheating just sporting gamesmanship or plain fraud? We look into some of the most elaborate cheating scandals in history, how they did it and how some of them (almost!) got away with…
How To Make A Champion (Part II): Should You Be a Woods or a Federer?
Aug 27, 2019 • 84 min
Prof Ross Tucker and journalist Mike Finch interview David Epstein, author of the New York Times best-selling book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World . The team focus in on the debate around late specialisation in sport, why champions…
How To Make A Champion (Part I)
Aug 13, 2019 • 76 min
Prof. Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch delve into the real facts and stats behind what makes a world class sportsman or woman. Find out if when and where you are born can make a difference to sporting success, whether practice really makes perfect, how…
What It Really Takes To Ride The Tour de France: A Doctor’s Perspective
Jul 23, 2019 • 90 min
Explore the challenges of working as a doctor at the Tour de France as Ross and Mike talk to Dr Adrian Rotunno, one of the team physicians for the UAE Team Emirates pro cycling team. Rotunno talks candidly about being a doctor in a pro cycling world…
The Drugs In Sport Episode
Jul 9, 2019 • 92 min
Professor Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch dig deep into the world of drugs in sport: What are they? How are they used? What percentage of athletes take illegal performance-enhancing drugs? Are authorities winning the war or is there not enough will to…
What A Cricket Doctor Teaches Us About Sports Injuries And Protecting Your Back
Jul 3, 2019 • 86 min
Join Professor Ross Tucker and host Mike Finch as they chat to cricket doctor Dr Janine Gray about the complexities of sports injuries, how to protect your back no matter what sport you play, why so many young cricketers suffer from stress fractures and…
The Science of Cricket with Gary Kirsten
Jun 18, 2019 • 75 min
Former international opening batsman and coach of both the South African and Indian cricket teams, Gary Kirsten talks frankly about the modern game, the impact of the shorter formats, what it’s like to face up to the fastest bowlers in the international…
What It’s Really Like To Be a Professional Runner
Jun 4, 2019 • 91 min
In this emotional interview, Olympic middle distance runner and former 5000m and 10 000m NCAA champion, Dominique Scott-Efurd opens up about the training, self sacrifice and dedication needed to mix it with the best in the running world. Scott takes us…
Running Shoe Technology: Good Science or Good Marketing?
May 21, 2019 • 74 min
World-renowned sport scientist Professor Ross Tucker and veteran sports journalist Mike Finch explore the science behind running shoe technology. Explore whether or not cushioning and pronation-control really work, find out if expensive shoes are really…
The Caster Semenya Decision Explained
May 3, 2019 • 75 min
On May 1, 2019 double Olympic and three-time World 800m champion Caster Semenya lost her case against the IAAF in the Court of Arbitration forcing her to take medication to lower her testosterone levels if she is to continue to compete in her favoured…
Caster Semenya: Explaining Sex vs Gender in Sport
Apr 29, 2019 • 80 min
Since 2009 Caster Semenya has ignited debate around female athletes with differences in sex development that may give them have an unfair advantage due to differences in testosterone levels. Professor Ross Tucker and sports journalist Mike Finch explain…
Introducing the Science of Sport Podcasts
Apr 28, 2019 • 63 min
An introduction to the Science of Sport Podcasting series with Professor Ross Tucker and veteran sports journalist Mike Finch See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.