The Dallas Morning News
August 12, 2012

Research by SMU professor shows blades give Pistorius edge

The competitive advantage of double-amputee South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius is examined.

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The Economist
August 4, 2012

Faster, higher, no longer: Is it time to update the Olympic credo?

Dr. Peter Weyand offers insight into the mechanical determinants of top sprinting speed and the limits of human athletic performance.

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Sports Illustrated
August 3, 2012

Fair or foul? Experts split over whether Pistorius has an advantage

Dr. Peter Weyand provides scientific input as the debate continues regarding Oscar Pistorius' participation in the 2012 Olympics.

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Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
August 1, 2012

Running mechanics, not metabolism, are the key to performance for elite sprinters

Dr. Peter Weyand's research reveals that sprinting performance isn't a factor of conserving energy; rather, forces applied by the foot hitting the ground maximize all-out bursts of sprinting.

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Discover Magazine
July 18, 2012

Will we ever run the 100-metres in 9 seconds?

Dr. Peter Weyand explains the mechanics of locomotion and the limits of human sprinting speed.

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Public Information Regarding Research on Oscar Pistorius

The Science of Sport blog:  "Science Hijacked by a Massive P.R. Machine"

Sports Illustrated:  The Claim for "No Advantage": Emotional Arguments, Questionable Facts

Bundle and Weyand Public Statement I:  First-Hand Clarifications of a Poorly Understood History

Bundle and Weyand Public Statement II:  The Artificial Advantage of Oscar Pistorius (for non-scientists)

 

New York Times
January 18, 2012

The Fast Life of Oscar Pistorius

Dr. Peter Weyand comments on the science behind the "Blade Runner" debate in this article exploring the life of Oscar Pistorius. 

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ESPN
August 5, 2011

The Olympics loom for Oscar Pistorius

Dr. Peter Weyand comments on the ongoing debate over Oscar Pistorius' Olympic eligibility.

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New York Times
August 8, 2011

As Debate Goes On, Amputee Will Break Barrier

The Oscar Pistorius debate continues and Dr. Peter Weyand offers scientific insight.

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Sydney Daily Telegraph
August 11, 2011

The Pistorius problem - how South African blade runner's artificial legs make him 10 seconds quicker

When it comes to Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius, the athletics world remains split - science isn't so indecisive.

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CBS News
August 15, 2011

Do Oscar Pistorius' high-tech prostheses give sprinter an unfair advantage?

They call sprinter Oscar Pistorius the "Blade Runner," for the j-shaped prostheses he wears.  Now the 24-year-old has been named to the South African team, becoming the first amputee to compete at a world championship track and field event against able-bodied athletes.  But the Blades have been a constant target of controversy since Pistorius broke onto the track and field scene.

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Yahoo! Sports
July 26, 2011

Usain Bolt: Case Study In Science Of Sprinting

Dr. Peter Weyand explains the science of top speed sprinting.

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ESPN
July 12, 2011

Is the Fastest Human Ever Already Alive?

Is there a ceiling to how fast a man can run?  Will there be a day - maybe in 50 years, or maybe 500 - when someone runs the 100-meter dash in 8.99 seconds? 

Dr. Peter Weyand offers a scientific view of the future of human running speed.

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Journal of Experimental Biology
November 12, 2010

Why Big People Walk More Economically Than Small People

Dr. Peter Weyand has discovered exactly why the energetic cost of walking differs among people of different stature.

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The London Times
June 9, 2010

Should Oscar Pistorius be allowed to compete in the Olympics?

Dr. Peter Weyand comments on the development of advanced prosthetics and their potential impact on the nature of sport. 

 

Canadian Broadcasting Company - Quirks and Quarks
February 6, 2010

Raising the Speed Limit

Dr. Peter Weyand, Associate Professor of Applied Physiology and Biomechanics at Southern Methodist University, believes Usain Bolt's top speed of just less than 28mph could theoretically be increased by more than 10mph. An elite sprinter like Bolt applies about 800 to 1000 pounds of force to the track with each step. Maximum speed was thought to be limited by this force, but Weyand's experiments show otherwise.

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The Toronto Star
February 6, 2010

How to run faster than Usain Bolt

"It will be possible for someone to run faster than Bolt," said Peter Weyand. "It will happen. It's just a question of when."

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Wired Magazine
February 2, 2010

The Potential for a 40-MPH Man

"If you just find a way to rev up those contractile fibers for the muscle, then everything else from human biology and gait would allow us to be that fast," says physiologist Peter Weyand of Southern Methodist University, lead author of a study published Jan. 21 in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

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New York Daily News
January 26, 2010

Humans are biologically capable of running up to 40 mph

New research says it's actually the contraction of the muscles that dictates speed. Peter Weyand, Southern Methodist University physiologist, noted the view that speed is limited by the force with which limbs could strike the running surface is reasonable. "However, our new data clearly shows that this is not the case," he said. "Despite how large the running forces can be, we found that the limbs are capable of applying much greater ground forces than those present during top-speed forward running."

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Discovery Channel - Daily Planet
December 1, 2009

Prosthetic Runner

The test of primary importance is a top-speed test where we put an individual on the (force) treadmill and run them at a series of speeds. We can determine top speed, and with every step we determine how hard they hit the treadmill, how long their foot is down, and how much time they take between steps."

 

US News and World Report
November 22, 2009

Breaking the Human Speed Limit

"Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt secured his claim as the world's fastest human in August when he ran 100 meters in 9.58 seconds, reaching a top speed of nearly 28 miles per hour. One day, no doubt, someone will sprint faster still. Perhaps by then, scientists may better understand why all speed records made have eventually been broken."

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Sports Illustrated
November 19, 2009

New study, for better or worse, puts Pistorius' trial in limelight

"Oscar is off the charts," said Peter Weyand, one of the researchers and an exercise physiologist at Southern Methodist University. "Clearly, with athletes with intact limbs, there's a lower limit to how fast they can reposition their limbs. With Oscar, if you make that lower limb twice as light, that moves that lower limit."

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New York Times
November 19, 2009

Prosthetics Gave Runner Unfair Edge, Report Says

"He's got these light legs, and he can reposition them faster than anybody ever measured by a lot," Weyand said in a telephone interview from Dallas, where he is an associate professor of applied physiology and biomechanics at Southern Methodist University. He added that Pistorius is "able to reposition his limbs 15 to 16 percent faster than the last five 100-meter world-record holders."

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Christian Science Monitor
September 4, 2009

Usain Bolt and the limits of human speed

"How hard and how quickly do elite sprinters hit the ground? Once up to speed, an athlete like Usain Bolt will hit the ground with a force equivalent to roughly 1,000 pounds, and do so within five 100ths of a second of the first instant of foot-ground contact."

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NPR
August 17, 2009

Human Speed Limit? We're Nowhere Near It

"I would say in the next decade, it wouldn't surprise me if [the 100-meter record] goes below 9 seconds," professor Peter Weyand, a physiologist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, tells NPR's Melissa Block. "It could go faster than that - and it probably will."

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LA Times
June 30, 2009

Does amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius have a competitive edge?

"It's not at all a wash, so then it becomes a matter of interpretation," Weyand says. "Could he run that fast if he had biological limbs? Or, alternatively, if you took an average person and gave them blades, would they be able to swing their legs as fast?"

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SMU Research
June 24, 2009

Released: Previously confidential study results of amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius

"In addition to informing an interested public, full disclosure is in the best interests of Oscar Pistorius, other athletes and the sport of Track and Field," Weyand said. "The controversy raised by Oscar's inspiring performances presents a pivotal case for the future regulation of prosthetic and other technology in organized athletics. Accordingly, disseminating all the available facts is essential, and I am relieved that all of our data are now available, particularly the mechanical data that are most relevant to the controversy and which were not part of the CAS hearing."

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