Faster, higher, stronger

The Olympic motto is suitable also to describe the interaction between science and sports. There are numerous examples of how advances in materials technology drive the evolution of many sports. In tennis, the dominance of the serve has resulted from the improvements in racket construction, including a reduction in mass and an increase in stiffness. In swimming, suits designed on the hydrodynamics of a shark’s skin helped swimmers break world records in an unprecedented way.

At the same time, sports is a main driver for the evolution of new and improved materials, given the large number of athletes willing to try new solutions in their aim for improved results and the significant commercial potential of successful sports materials. Engineers work with equipment design, lab experiments and testing, computational modelling and field testing, together with governing bodies and athletes.

Starting in 2012, Chalmers runs sports-related research projects in collaboration with atheletes, trainers, sports associations, industry, research institutes and other universities. Public seminars aiming to identify problems in various sports that can be translated into research questions are organized around the year.

The projects involve students at Bachelor and Masters level, and a Masters course in Sports Technology is available.

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Published: Fri 29 Jan 2016.