Ross Tucker

Ross manages The Science of Sport blog. He is also Head Scientist for World Rugby, where his role is to support all strategic decisions that involve player welfare (so injury, concussion, player health), High Performance (performance analysis, performance audits) and Law (law change and monitoring). He is also an ambassador and scientific advisor to Virgin Active and Adidas, where his job is to help them apply science in the education of their staff (and members, in the case of Virgin Active), and to provide coaching and training support for Adidas in their events. In the past, Ross has consulted with a number of teams in high performance sport, including SA Sevens (including the 2009/2010 World Series winning team), SA Kayaking, SA Triathlon, USA triathlon and the UK Olympic Committee. Ross holds a PhD in Exercise Physiology studying fatigue, the brain and the limits to performance, including a lot of pacing strategy work in hot environments and altitude. His current research interests include the physiology of East African runners, high performance culture, talent identification and management, the limits of human performance, and performance and wellness in companies.

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Opinion 09/05/2019

Response to claims of robust, peer-reviewed research and ‘misplaced criticisms’

We would like to respond to several incorrect and misleading claims made by the IAAF in its Briefing Notes released on 7 May 2019. These claims relate primarily to a 2017 research paper that provided the evidence used for the selection of specific track and field events covered by the...


On Transgender athletes and performance advantages

Ok, here goes. I’ve been meaning to write this for a while, but time and energy have not allowed it. But I’ve just been involved in some lively Twitter discussions, ultimately productive, so I’m going to try to share some thoughts around this issue of transgender females (male-to-female transitioning...


On the recalibration of world records: Brief thoughts

An all or nothing decision The moment the decision was made to get rid of the doped world records, it was going to be all or nothing.  So it’s worth understanding why this decision would be made in the first place. When you look at the list of world...

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