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  • Running in bare feet “reduces chance of damage to legs”

    2 February New research led by Harvard and reported in the current edition of Nature journal has shown that people who run in bare feet “avoid hurtful and potentially damaging impacts, equivalent to two to three times body weight, that shod heel-strikers repeatedly experience.” “Most people today think barefoot running is dangerous and hurts, but […]

  • The economics and psychology of football – conference papers and panels wanted

    27 January 2010 With the World Cup in South Africa just around the corner, the third international conference on the ‘Economics and Psychology of Football’ will be staged at Heythrop College, University of London, on 29-30 May. As the Heythrop website says: “The aim of the conference is to gather scholars, the media and other […]

  • Fact or fiction? “Form” in football

    December 2009 The leading striker at your club – or for your country – has just banged in a hat-trick. He must be in “form”, mustn’t he? And thus more likely than average to score in his next game as well? No, actually. According to a book published last year, the concept of “form” in […]

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