The biomechanics of Long Jump, with or without a leg

Markus Rehm of just won the IPC World Championships in the Long Jump event. The big difference between his victory and all the other gold medals winners out in Doha, is that his performance would put him in the mix for medals at the able-bodied World Championships as well. This victory thrusts him into the … Continue reading The biomechanics of Long Jump, with or without a leg

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What is the role of a Professional Athlete?

An athlete is clearly what you are on the track, the training, the eating clean, and ultimately the performance on race day. But does being a professional athlete encompass more than that? I’ve had this discussion many times, and even my own thinking on the matter has evolved over time. I used to be very … Continue reading What is the role of a Professional Athlete?

The pole vault world record aftermath

Anyone even vaguely interested in athletics will have seen in the last week that Renaud Lavillenie broke the 21 year old pole vault world record. The long standing record held by Sergey Bubka, a legend of the sport. What was most shocking about the world record was not that it happened (the Frenchman has been … Continue reading The pole vault world record aftermath