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Australia’s Michael Shelley will run in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games marathon. AAP

The science of elite long distance running

There are many factors that set elite runners apart from other runners, including training volume, physiology, tendon function and running technique.
Billy Bridges of Canada and Kevin McKee of the U.S. in action during the para ice hockey gold medal game at the Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Bob Martin/Olympic Information Service)

Understanding the science of para ice hockey

Athletes competing in para hockey at the Paralympic Games in South Korea have unique biomechanical skills. A Canadian researcher explains how beginners in the sport can improve their skating skills.
How do they do while sleeping what we can barely do at all? Carlos Bustamante Restrepo

Neuromechanics of flamingos’ amazing feats of balance

These birds spend long periods, often asleep, standing on one leg. Is it passive biomechanics or active nervous system control of their muscles that allows them to do easily what's impossible for us?
Springy soles, stiffer shoes, lightweight materials. When does shoe design give some runners an unfair advantage? from www.shutterstock.com

Beware the hype – springy soles won’t make you run much faster

Running shoes with springs in the soles have been touted as the next big thing in shoe design. But they won't turn a weekend warrior into an Olympian.
Gotcha, five times faster than the blink of an eye. Candler Hobbs/Georgia Tech

The frog tongue is a high-speed adhesive

How do a frog's tongue and saliva work together to be sticky enough to lift 1.4 times the animal's body weight? Painstaking lab work found their spit switches between two distinct phases to nab prey.
Usain Bolt surprisingly synchronised his steps with Tyson Gay (left) when he broke the world record at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in 2009. AAP/Christophe Karaba

The secret to Usain Bolt’s speed may lie in synchronicity

Synchronising his steps with the next fastest runner may have helped Usain Bolt win the world record in the 100 metre sprint.
Record breaking. EPA/Christophe Karaba

Can a human ever run 100m under nine seconds?

It is never easy to run 100m in less than ten seconds, as the recent Commonwealth Games demonstrated. However, as the world record stands at 9.58 seconds, the attention in recent years has turned to whether…
Javelin throwers make it look easy, but there’s more to the action than you might think. David Davies/PA Wire

Science of the spear: biomechanics of a javelin throw

The Commonwealth Games women’s javelin finals were held overnight, with Aussies Kim Mickle and Kelsey-Lee Roberts picking up gold (plus a Games record) and bronze respectively. Seven-time British champion…

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