Does symmetry matter for speed? Study finds Usain Bolt may have asymmetrical running gait

Laurence Ryan

Does symmetry matter for speed? Study finds Usain Bolt may have asymmetrical running gait

SMU study suggests the right and left legs of world champion sprinter Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, may perform differently, defying current scientific assumptions about running speed.

Huffington Post: A New Physics Discovery Could Make You A Faster Runner

The Huffington Post covered the research of Peter Weyand and the SMU Locomotor Laboratory, who have developed a concise approach to understanding the mechanics of human running.

Dallas Innovates: SMU Study Finds Simpler Way to Explain Physics of Running

Dallas Innovates covered the research of Peter Weyand and colleagues in the SMU Locomotor Laboratory, who developed a concise approach to understanding the mechanics of human running.

Daily Mail: Researchers reveal the mechanics of running is simpler than thought – and it could revolutionise shoe design

London's Daily Mail newspaper covered the research of Peter Weyand and the SMU Locomotor Laboratory. Weyand, who is Glenn Simmons Professor of Applied Physiology and professor of biomechanics in the Department of Applied Physiology and Wellness in SMU’s Simmons School, is director of the Locomotor Lab.

New study connects running motion to ground force, provides patterns for any runner

New study connects running motion to ground force, provides patterns for any runner. Concise scientific approach accurately predicts runner’s patterns of foot ground-force application — at all speeds and regardless of foot-strike mechanics.

ESPN: SMU Locomotor Performance Lab spotlighted during SMU-Texas A&M football game

ESPN, Gil Roberts, SMU, Peter Weyand, elite sprinters, human speed, biomechanics, runningThe SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory saw a few minutes of play during the SMU-Texas A&M football game Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. ESPN's broadcast team stopped by to see the reigning U.S. National 400-meter champion Gil Roberts on the lab's high-tech treadmill.

Key to speed? Elite sprinters are unlike other athletes — deliver forceful punch to ground

Usain Bolt, elite sprinters, Weyand, punch, SMUThe world’s fastest sprinters have unique gait features that account for their ability to achieve fast speeds, according to two new studies from Southern Methodist University, Dallas. The new findings indicate that the secret to elite sprinting speeds lies in the distinct limb dynamics sprinters use to elevate ground forces upon foot-ground impact.

Lexington Herald-Leader: Cuban asks scientist to study physics of flopping

1d8VDM.AuSt.79Kentucky's Lexington Herald-Leader covered the research of SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. Weyand, who is teaming with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to investigate the forces involved in basketball collisions and the possibility of estimating “flopping” forces from video data. Herald-Leader Journalist Jerry Tipton quoted Weyand in his June 15 UK basketball column on the flopping research, "Cuban asks scientist to study physics of flopping

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