Sports performance: behind the scenes of science

Sports performance: behind the scenes of science

Hundreds of scientists work under French athletes. From gestures to equipment to the brain, it goes beyond the limits of the human body. Already in ancient Greece, the first athletes were trained to be the best. In the past as well as the present, the flag sheds new light on the Olympic motto: “Faster, higher, stronger.” “Large Format Science – Faster, Higher, Stronger” The documentary will air on Thursday, June 27 at 9:05 p.m. on France 5.

It combines performance and science, with a desire to move towards the individualization of training, explains Gael Gillem, Director of Sports Experience and Performance Labs at InsipUntil now we had information about average behavior, but we did not have data from athletes.

Physical activity according to the philosophy of ancient Greece is neither a hobby, nor a purely aesthetic gesture…. but in fact it is a science, that is, rigorous knowledge, as Andrea Marcolongo, author of the book “Run”, explains.

The first people to practice the sport, the ancients, long before the founding of the Olympic Games in 776 B.C., viewed sport as a preparatory exercise for the art of war. This vision of sport as preparation for battle remained central to the classical concept of sport and its classification into formal competitions and disciplines, as the book's author explains. “Run from Marathon to Athens with wings on your feet.” Andrea Marcolongo.

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Gayle GillemDirector of the Sports Experience and Performance Laboratories at Insip
Andrea MarcolongoHellenistic, author “Running from Marathon to Athens, with wings on your feet” in Gallimard

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