What helps an athlete leap tall distances in a single bound?
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It probably sounds bad or uncomfortable to you. But stiffness is part of what gives elite athletes the spring in their muscles.
Preparation. Focus. Positivity. Think like an athlete to win a Christmas medal.
Our study found that the performance of “night owls” and “morning larks” varied considerably on both cognitive and physical tasks.
The old saying 'the early bird catches the worm' might be especially fitting when it comes to peak mental and physical performance.
Eighty years ago, Seabiscuit trounced Triple Crown winner War Admiral.
The US went crazy for Seabiscuit when he won his famous 1938 match race against War Admiral. Now researchers are investigating the thoroughbred's DNA to see what made him such an unlikely success.
Drinking coffee before exercising could make you run faster and lift heavier - if you've the right genes.
Australian cross country skier Phil Bellingham takes a selfie during a welcoming ceremony at the Pyeongchang Olympic Village ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.
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What harm could a simple Tweet possibly have on the performance of an Olympian? More than you might think. Social media can be a distraction that impacts the performance of some athletes.
Nathan Chen of the United States, considered a gold medal contender, falls while performing during the men’s short program figure skating at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
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Why can an athlete dominate their sport, but fail to perform when it counts most at the Olympic Games? A number of factors the viewing audience can't see can explain poor performances.
Canada’s Andi Naude, who came into the Olympics ranked No. 2 in the world in women’s mogul skiing, reacts after failing to complete her final run at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
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Failure is something all athletes need to deal with, especially when competing on the world stage that is the Olympics. Learning self-compassion can help athletes rebound from setbacks.
The Bolt – Usain Bolt – after coming third in the men’s 100m final at the World Athletics Championships in London.
Jamaican Usain Bolt is often hailed as the greatest athlete of all time. But when you crunch the numbers, his name doesn't come top of the list.
Racewalkers turn a corner – keeping one foot on the ground – during the women’s 20-km event at the 2012 London Olympics.
Racewalking has been part of the Olympic Games since 1904, but gets little respect in the United States. That might change if Americans knew a little more about it.
Easy to remember how to do, hard to figure out how it’s working.
What does it take to keep a bicycle upright and moving, without crashing?
Does training relentlessly and regularly lead to greatness?
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Parents want to simultaneously support and push their kids. But when it comes to sports, this mentality can backfire in subtle ways.
It’s hard for a human to keep an eye all the players’ performance in any game, such as this typical AFL match at the MCG in Melbourne. So let the machines do all the work.
When it comes to keeping an eye on all the action in sport a coach can only see so much. But machine learning can crunch all the data and look for improvements.
Hawk-eye technology can be used to do more than just check those troublesome line calls in tennis.
The evolution of professional tennis has always been linked to the changing technology of the day. For example, the decline of the wooden racket lead to the whole new power-based style of play we enjoy…
How many sit-ups you doing then?
A competitive spirit is an indispensable aspect of human life, where it could be argued that a failure to compete only results in participating in a competition to fail. Over a very long period of time…
Looking to big data for that extra leap.
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Sport at the elite level has always adopted new technologies to capture data from players during play to better understand their performance and their team’s result. Closely aligned with this is the practice…
Bradley Wiggins, Tour de Force.
Wherever we look there seems to be amazing feats of physical, mental and skilled endeavour in sport. Cycling is often cited as one of the most elite and the climax of the Tour of Britain yesterday saw…
“Re-warm ups” may boost performance in the subsequent minutes, the study showed.
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High-intensity, short duration warm up activities at half time intervals boost athletic performance, a study of soccer players…