Locomotor Performance Laboratory

In the Media

The Guardian
October 2, 2016
How fast can we go?  The science of the 100m sprint
Dr Weyand explains why some athletes are faster than others.

 

Scientific American
August 2016
The Secret To Speed
Scientific American highlights the work of Dr Peter Weyand and his research team.

 

The Week
September 13,2016
Tech Doping: How paralympic sprinters cheat
Dr Weyand examines the technological advantages of artificial limbs

 

AJ+
August 20, 2016
Why is Usain Bolt So Fast?
Dr Peter Weyand discusses the reasons behind Usain Bolt's speed. 


Science.Mic
August 16, 2016
Usain Bolt's Winning Race at the Rio Olympics, Explained by Science
The scientific secrets to Usain Bolt's speed as explained by Dr Peter Weyand.

 

The Globe and Mail
August 12, 2016
In perfect asymmetry
Dr Weyand discusses Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse's unique running style.

 

Inverse
August 11, 2016
There Is No Limit to Human Speed
Dr Weyand discusses his team's research on human speed

New York Times
May 11, 2016
Man vs. Marathon
The NYT highlights the 2-hour marathon project and Dr Peter Weyand's contributions. 

 

Huffington Post
September 14, 2015
Cheating in Sports—Where Do We Go From Here?

Dr. Peter Weyand discusses fairness and cheating in sport.

 

ESPN
July 1, 2015
Bigger, stronger, faster …players have come a long way in a short time

A look into the adoption of strength training into college football programs with contributions from Dr. Weyand.

 

Outside Magazine Online
April 10, 2015
Inside the Effort to Crack the Sub-Two Hour Marathon

Highlights of the Two-Hour Marathon project and Dr. Weyand’s involvement in the efforts.

 

The Two-Way-National Public Radio
May 6, 2014
A Faster Human: Are We Unique In Our Ability To Get Better?
Dr. Peter Weyand discusses the convergence of biology and technology in making humans faster.

 

NOVA-Public Broadcasting Service
October 16, 2013
Making Stuff: Faster
Dr. Peter Weyand and SMU’s Locomotor Performance Laboratory help NOVA’s David Pogue understand why elite athletes are faster than everyone else.

 

Huffington Post
August 27, 2013
Performance Enhancing Legs Race Toward the Track Record Book
Dr.’s Peter Weyand and Matthew Bundle, with the assistance of SMU’s Locomotor Performance Laboratory, examine the effect of artificial limbs on speed.


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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
August 1, 2012
Running mechanics, not metabolism, are the key to performance for elite sprinters
Dr. 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.


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.

 

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. 

 

ESPN
August 5, 2011
The Olympics loom for Oscar Pistorius
Dr. Peter Weyand comments on the ongoing debate over Oscar Pistorius' Olympic eligibility.

 

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.

 

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.

 

CBS News
August 15, 2011
Do Oscar Pistorius' high-tech prostheses give sprinter an unfair advantage?
The Oscar Pistorius debate continues.

 

Yahoo! Sports
July 26, 2011
Usain Bolt: Case Study In Science Of Sprinting
Dr. Peter Weyand explains the science of top speed sprinting.

 

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? 



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.

 

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
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 Dr Weyand's experiments show otherwise


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."

 

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.


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.

 

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
"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."

 

Sports Illustrated
November 19, 2009
New study, for better or worse, puts Pistorius' trial in limelight
"Oscar is off the charts," said Dr 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."

 

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."


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."



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."

 

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?"

 

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."