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49 - Dr. Ross Tucker - Sevens, Sport Science, and Oscar Pistorius

We've got Dr. Ross Tucker, from the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa in the podcast today.  Ross is currently on the management team of the South African National Sevens team (you'll have to listen to find out what Sevens is), is one of the most astute and well-spoken young Exercise Physiologists in the world, and has been heavily involved in the debate about whether Oscar Pistorius should be allowed to compete against able-body track athletes.  If nothing else, tune in for the discussion of the Pistorius case for an illustration of how politics, science, and the judicial system sometimes intersect to the detriment of truth.


Some of the links we mention in our podcast:

• The Science of Sports (Dr. Tucker's excellent and in-depth blog on sports science)

• National Sevens homepage

• Video of the thrilling ending to one of the recent Sevens International tournaments


Also remember that you can win a free Huffines t-shirt by listening to the podcast and being the first to send us an email with the answer to the question.  And don't think you're too late to us anyway!


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Kevin Hughes
Thursday, December 1, 2011 4:27 PM
Great Job! "Find ways to Fail. " Holy Cow! Exactly why I am good at my job. I don't mind failing, it teaches you so much. I also loved Doctor Tucker's separation of Science from Emotional "evidence". He left no doubt that the Science spoke for itself- it was an unfair advantage. He also understood the very human desire to let him compete, because of what he went through. So, scientifically a resounding "NO!" Yet, understanding why folks would want him to run. I loved the way he put it: " Either acknowledge the advantage, and don't let him run. Or accept the advantage, and let him run. But, don't deny the advantage. " Not quite an accurate quote, but close enough - I think. You guys are reaching people...keep it up! Smiles Kevin the pacer...(you have to pace when you are slow! LOL)
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Thursday, February 16, 2012 2:06 AM
What does belong in science are studies that look at how different individuals have been shown to adapt to training. Training is nothing more than the realization of genetic potential, I would say. I completely agree with Dr. Ross Tucker.
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Friday, February 17, 2012 2:31 AM
Ross Tucker gives an interesting insight into his background in sports science, offers his advice for candidates, and acknowledges what the future may bring to the sector.
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Friday, February 17, 2012 3:44 AM
South Africa’s Super Rugby coaches have also completed their BokSmart certification. And all the players are great. Good post.
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Thursday, February 23, 2012 1:22 AM
Oscar Pistorius is strong player. And i think team should allow them to play. Good post to share.

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