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Being an Olympic Parent: the family behind the athlete article icon

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Being an Olympic Parent: the family behind the athlete

Top athletes typically have teams of coaches, sports scientists, nutritionists, physiotherapists and psychologists working with them around the clock, but at times a simple hug or words of support from mum or dad are invaluable to the athlete. 

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Thrill seeking and risk taking - what has made extreme sports into a worldwide phenomenon? article icon

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Thrill seeking and risk taking - what has made extreme sports into a worldwide phenomenon?

Adventure sports have crossed over into the mainstream and Candice Lingam-Willgoss explores the appeal of these exciting activities.

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Technology in sport since 1969 article icon

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Technology in sport since 1969

Ben Langdown looks at the impact technology has had on the sporting World in the past 50 years. From drug cheats to how we watch sport - it's all covered.

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50 years of sport and fitness

As The Open University celebrates its 50th year, discover how sport and fitness has rapidly developed since 1969. In this series of articles, we look back at the advances made in technology and sports medicine, successes of British sportswomen, world records and changes in various sports and fitness activites.

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The evolution of sports medicine over the last 50 Years: From the wet sponge to holistic care article icon

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The evolution of sports medicine over the last 50 Years: From the wet sponge to holistic care

Dr Caroline Heaney is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Fitness at The Open University. She discusses the advances made in sports medicine and what the future holds.

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Past and present: A 50-year celebration of British Sportswomen article icon

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Past and present: A 50-year celebration of British Sportswomen

Jessica Pinchbeck, a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Fitness at The Open University, reflects on her sporting heroes and charts the success of female sportswomen.

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Highs and lows and highs again: How football has changed in the past 50 years article icon

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Highs and lows and highs again: How football has changed in the past 50 years

Money has had a huge impact on football in the previous 50 years. Simon Rea investigates the key changes over this period to our national game.

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A sport transformed: Safety in motor-racing since 1969 article icon

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A sport transformed: Safety in motor-racing since 1969

Formula 1 has seen a number of dangerous accidents in recent years, leading to increased safety measures. Alex Twitchen looks at the changes to the sport.

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What does the anatomy of World records reveal? article icon

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What does the anatomy of World records reveal?

Ben Oakley looks at how five decades of sporting World records reveal more about sport, society and technology than initially meets the eye.

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Exercising at 50

Are you close to your 50th birthday? Simon Penn explores the benefits of exercise on health, energy levels, mood and overall quality of life. 

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