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Sporting Edge

Applying science to improve sporting performance

Faster, further, longer, stronger – the sporting edge. Sports science helps athletes gain the advantage by combining scientific principles and techniques with knowledge about muscles, tendons and bones.

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Finding your way around

There are several different ways to discover the site's resources and their related content, along with ideas for grouping them for teaching opportunities:

  • The collections contain groups of related resources about Sporting Edge.
  • The Connections tool is a visual interactive pathway to discovering the resources and related content for Sporting Edge.
  • The printable context overview will assist teachers to find pathways through this context and to plan lessons and units of work.

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    Marathon versus sprint

    The difference between fast and slow twitch muscle fibres could help explain the differences in sporting abilities across some ethnic groups.

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    Muscle performance

    The three major factors that affect how well your muscles perform are strength, power and endurance. All three are needed to get the sporting edge.

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    Meet some muscles

    Meet seven muscles of the human body, and find out where they are and what they do.

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    Whole body vibration training

    Researchers John Cronin, Greg Owen and Nicholas Gill have reviewed results that different groups of scientists have found when they have been investigating the effects of whole body vibration...

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Cross education of muscles

Gus Roxburgh demonstrates that muscle strength can be increased without a corresponding...


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to the...

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking closer

Looking closer collection.
Looking closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about the Sporting Edge, which supports the resources in the other...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring the...


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. An interactive look at some of the historical aspects of the Sporting Edge.

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about the...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring the Sporting Edge – the ‘basics’ that every...

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips, animations and interactives that relate to the Sporting Edge.

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