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A spate of French towns have banned burkinis. It’s the latest move in a long history of unease over women’s (and sometimes men’s) clothing. Tim Wimborne/Reuters

From bonnets to fez to burkinis, clothing has long made us uneasy

The burkini bans, now overturned by a French court, are selective and ridiculous. But controversy over women’s clothing, and competing cultural notions of appropriate garb, are nothing new.
Athletes must execute their individualised race plan to the best of their ability to win. Reuters/Michael Dalder

Explainer: what makes a winning swimmer?

Races at the international level are often decided by as little as 0.01 of a second.
Gold medal winner Mack Horton (centre) said he had no time or respect for drug cheats in reference to silver medallist Sun Yang. Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

Horton wins by naming the elephant in the room at Rio Olympics

Rarely do we see such unscripted individual honesty on difficult topics such as doping, right in the middle of arguably the biggest international sporting stage.
The force on a triple jumper’s bones is 15 times their body weight. www.shutterstock.com

What exercise does to your bones

Studying how athletes' bones contort during exercise is helping scientists understand which exercise is best for maintaining healthy bones as we age.
It’s OK to put your head under but try not to drink the water. GetHiroshima.com/Flickr

What lies beneath: the bugs lurking in your swimming pool

Summer holidays are upon as, and many of us finally get to spend some lazy days by the pool. But how can you ensure this pleasant experience doesn't leave you with any nasty surprises?

Baby turtles confirmed to swim, not drift

Baby loggerhead turtles have been confirmed to actively swim, rather than drift, into ocean currents. National Oceanic and…
Despite the slightly shallower (and slower) Tollcross pool, Australia’s Daniel Fox set a world record in the Men’s 200m Freestyle S14 heat. Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Why swimming records stand, even with a broken pool floor

You may have seen some controversy regarding water depth in the Tollcross International Swimming Centre being used for competition at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The pool has a movable floor that allows…
Jamaica’s Yohan Blake – a dual silver Olympic medallist – injured himself in the lead-up to the Glasgow Games. Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Strained from over-training? Sensors can help prevent injury

As the 2014 Commonwealth Games began in Glasgow last week, a number of potential medal winners could only watch the events unfold as they were sidelined by injuries incurred at training. Aussie track star…

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