Peter Weyand

Shape: How to Run Like an Elite Sprinter

elite sprinters, Shape, SMU, Weyand, ClarkShape magazine reporter Amanda MacMillan has covered the research of SMU researcher Ken Clark, a doctoral student and researcher in the SMU Locomotor Performance Laboratory. The lab and research are under the direction of SMU biomechanics expert Peter Weyand, associate professor of applied physiology and biomechanics.

Clark’s and Weyand’s latest research found that the world’s fastest sprinters have unique gait features that account for their ability to achieve fast speeds. Continue reading

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

The 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. Continue reading

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WFAA: ‘Flopping’ research could lead to changes in the NBA

Peter Weyand and his team set out nine months ago on a research project dubbed “The Physics of Flopping: Blowing the Whistle on a Foul Practice.” WFAA TV journalist Jason Wheeler covered the research of SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. … Continue reading

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Sports on Earth: The Science of the Flop

The flopping study at SMU Sports on Earth journalist Shaun Powell 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. Continue reading

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DMN: The physics of flopping — SMU researcher studies mechanics of NBA fakery

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Dallas Morning News science reporter Anna Kuchment covered the research of 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. Continue reading

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Performance Enhancing Legs Race Toward the Track Record Book

Vertical forces of double-limb amputee runner.An intriguing, technological watershed is fast approaching for Athletics — that defining moment when an athlete with artificial limbs shatters an “able-bodied” world record.

Brazilian, double-limb, amputee sprinter Alan Oliveira is certainly not a household name, but he has quietly become much faster than some better known amputee runners. Continue reading

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BioNewsTexas: SMU Dallas Speed Scientist Featured in PBS NOVA Series Segment

Book a live interview To book a live or taped interview with Peter Weyand in the SMU News Broadcast Studio call SMU News at 214-768-7650 or email news@smu.edu. Related links Peter Weyand Journal of Applied Physiology: “The biological limits to … Continue reading

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LiveScience: Need for Speed: New Series Explores World’s Fastest Things

Book a live interview To book a live or taped interview with Peter Weyand in the SMU News Broadcast Studio call SMU News at 214-768-7650 or email news@smu.edu. Related links Peter Weyand Journal of Applied Physiology: “The biological limits to … Continue reading

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KERA, NOVA: SMU researcher Peter Weyand discusses the upper limits of human speed

The work of SMU biomechanics researcher Peter Weyand was featured on an episode of the PBS series “NOVA.” His research on the importance of ground forces for running speed established a contemporary understanding that spans the scientific and athletic communities. Continue reading

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