More Than a Game: The final whistle

The final edition of More Than a Game comes as the project draws to its conclusion. In this short post we will sum up everything that has gone into the Beautiful Science. As I began this project what seems like four long months ago I had a skeleton for an idea and a motivation to…

St George’s Park: England’s hub of sports science

The home of the England national squads from the men’s and women’s seniors down to the Under 16s is St George’s Park. The multi-million pound facility is hoped to help England end the 51 years of hurt since the World Cup win in 1966. The centre understandably hosts the best sports science department possible. The Beautiful Science got the…

Sports Science: The big questions

The Beautiful Science gained the opportunity to travel to St George’s Park, the home for the England National Squads. It also is the home for the Spire Perform centre, who are the FA’s health care provider. We spoke with Ian Aylward, the lead strength and conditioning coach for Spire Perform about some of the big…

Interactive Game: Be the Player

Professional players are exposed to sports science on a daily basis as they are monitored, tested and tracked by their coaches. Our exclusive survey found that 80% of fans felt that sports science was a necessity for professional football. Meanwhile, those in the game feel it is only going to involve more technology in the future….

Timeline: The history of sports science in football

Football has stood as one of the pioneers in codified sport since its birth in the late 19th century. As tactics and skill evolved, coaches in the game soon looked to improve the physical and mental attributes of their players. Sports science provides the platform today, but from fitness specific training regimes to modern day practices like saliva…

View from the terraces: Fan survey on sports science

Football can no longer exist without the added element of sports science and technology. Clubs are in a state of tunnel vision looking to pursue every avenue to get success and wealth, with virtual reality set to be the next innovation to take hold. As the financial power in the sport continues to expand, there is…

Sports science today: Inside a Premier League department

Football clubs are implementing a growing amount of time and resources into their sports science departments in the pursuit of improved performances and results. Since gaining promotion to the Premier League AFC Bournemouth have been no exception to this. Phil Keehne is the lead sports scientist for the Premier League club’s development squad. On the demand…

Technological evolution: Leading coaches discuss the future of football

As sports science continues to take professional football to new levels in terms of fitness and performance, technology is being implemented more widely in clubs. Looking to the future is always difficult, however as the development of computerised software improves, football looks set to welcome it with open arms. This audio package discusses what is on the…

The Barcelona Approach: Unique and forward thinking

Messi, Suárez and Neymar lead the line on the pitch for Barcelona. Yet away from the pitch the work of Raúl Peláez, Head of Knowledge Management at the Camp Nou, could appear to be directing the Catalan club away from its roots and towards technology. Peláez, however, insists that his role involves embedding computer innovation…

Olympic View: How Team USA used VR

At the Rio Olympic Games there were no fewer than 307 gold medals up for grabs. Team USA claimed an incredible 46 of them, topping the medal table with 19 more golds than the nearest challenger, Great Britain. For Mounir Zok, the Director of Technology and Innovation for the US Olympic Committee, there is no…