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The science behind wheeled sports

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The science behind wheeled sports


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This free course, The science behind wheeled sports, focuses on cycling and wheelchair racing: what we might collectively call wheeled sports. The Scientific concepts such as force, acceleration and speed are also useful for understanding these sports. However, cycling and wheelchair racing differ from other sports in that technology more obviously plays an important role.

Please note: This course contains two Flash activities which are no longer playable. These are being updated. This course can still be studied, but you may like to postpone your study for now if you would rather have the full experience.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand forces and their role in determining performance in sport
  • understand the science behind new technologies, and their impact on sport
  • apply this knowledge and understanding to familiar and unfamiliar situations
  • express course concepts in an objective and factually correct way
  • make sense of a variety of information sources, including textual, numerical, graphical and video material.

First Published: 09/08/2012

Updated: 24/01/2019

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