Peter Weyand

SMU biomechanics experts team with Mark Cuban to research phony falls in basketball

Biomechanics experts at Southern Methodist University have teamed with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for a scientific study of the unsavory practice of player flopping in basketball and other sports.

Cuban-owned Radical Hoops Ltd. awarded more than $100,000 to fund the 18-month research study at SMU to investigate the forces in typical basketball collisions. Continue reading

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DMN: Cowlishaw: Research by SMU professor shows blades give Pistorius edge

Sports journalist Tim Cowlishaw with The Dallas Morning News has covered the long-running global controversy surrounding double-amputee South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius. Controversy has swirled around the sprinter over whether his light-weight, carbon-fiber prosthetic “Cheetah” legs give him a competitive advantage.

Cowlishaw’s Aug. 12 column “Research by SMU professor shows blades give Pistorius edge” quotes SMU’s Peter Weyand, an expert on human locomotion and on Pistorius’ competitive advantage. Continue reading

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The Economist: Faster, higher, no longer

The Economist explores the question of whether the human body has maxed-out when it comes to breaking future Olympic athletic records.

The Aug. 4 article “Faster, higher, no longer” quotes SMU’s Peter Weyand, an expert in human speed and human locomotion. Continue reading

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Sports Illustrated: Fair or foul? Experts split over whether Pistorius has advantage

Sports Illustrated has written a comprehensive piece on the long-running global controversy surrounding double-amputee South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee to compete in the Olympics.

The Aug. 2 article “Fair or foul? Experts split over whether Pistorius has advantage” quotes SMU’s Peter Weyand, an expert in human locomotion. Continue reading

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New study: Running mechanics, not metabolism, are key to performance for elite sprinters

Contrary to traditional scientific understanding, sprint and endurance exercise differ fundamentally in the relationship between exercise mechanics, metabolism and performance, according to new research from the University of Montana and Southern Methodist University, Dallas. New findings indicate that sprinting performance is limited by musculoskeletal forces and the rapidity with which those forces are impaired by fatigue. Continue reading

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Scientific American: Does Double Amputee Oscar Pistorius’s Prosthetic Legs Disqualify Him from the Olympics?

Scientific American has written a comprehensive piece on the long-running global controversy surrounding double-amputee runner Oscar Pistorius, the South African vying to compete in the Olympics.

The July 24 article “Should Oscar Pistorius’s Prosthetic Legs Disqualify Him from the Olympics?” quotes SMU’s Peter Weyand, an expert in human locomotion. Continue reading

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Discovery News: How Olympic ‘Blade Runner’ Sprints Without Feet

Discovery News has written a comprehensive piece on the running mechanics of double-amputee South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee to compete in the Olympics.

The July 20 article “How Olympic ‘Blade Runner’ Sprints Without Feet” quotes SMU’s Peter Weyand, an expert in human locomotion. Continue reading

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Science: Live Chat — Science at the Olympics

Science magazine hosted a live chat with scientific experts about any competitive advantage provided by the cutting-edge, light-weight prosthetic legs of double-amputee South African runner Oscar Pistorius, the first amputee to compete in the Olympics.

The July 18 chat “Science at the Olympics” included SMU’s Peter Weyand, an expert in human locomotion. Continue reading

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The London Telegraph: Runner’s world: Usain Bolt and his entourage

The London Telegraph has written a comprehensive piece on the Usain Bolt, the fastest sprinter on earth, as he is preparing for the London 2012 Olympic Games this summer.

The April 27 article, “Runner’s world: Usain Bolt and his entourage,” quotes SMU’s Peter Weyand, an expert in human locomotion. Continue reading

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