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Friday, July 01, 2011

Science of Sport hits YouTube: The video concept

The Science of Sport on YouTube: Home ground advantage video presentation

Today is the launch of something we've planned for a long time, and that's to bring you The Science of Sport on YouTube, and in video on the site.  We've been trying hard this year to expand our reach and now have Facebook and Twitter accounts where some of the "quick-and-easy" and spillover content and discussion goes, but YouTube allows us to use video to literally talk to you about The Science of Sport!

Video lends itself to communicating sports science quite effectively, and so what I'll do as regularly as possible, is create videos of the topics that we cover on the site, usually in presentation form, and then link them via our YouTube account, as well as post them on the website.

It doesn't mean an end to the written posts, so those who enjoy a read on the train or at their desks, don't worry - there's no cutback in the pipeline!  But from time to time, mostly because I do quite a few presentations on Sports science to the public and in the academic world, it will create a more personal platform if we can use video.

Home-ground advantage

So, to kick off, a video presentation of our Home-Ground advantage series.

There are three videos in total, each 8 to 10 minutes long.  Part 1 deals with the concepts of home-ground advantage, Part 2 with the stats from Super Rugby, and Part 3 the travel factor.

Just a quick note - if you are reading this as an email because you subscribe to our email service, you may find that the YouTube clips either don't appear or come out as black blocks.  If that happens, click HERE and you'll go to the website where you can watch the clips

Part 1: Home ground advantage concepts and theories (9:05)

Part 2: Home ground advantage in Super 14 Rugby - who is in the fortress, who is in the shack? (10:54)

Part 3: Going overseas and the effect on home ground advantage (7:36)

To the future, and the Tour de France, the issue of Talent vs Training (I am giving a presentation at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa on this on Monday August 1st), pacing strategies and any other topics, look for more of the same!

Enjoy Wimbledon!  Enjoy the start of the Tour!