| VIENTIANE (8 June 2010) – Football has a pedigree dating back to mediaeval England, when villagers hoofed an inflated pig’s bladder around a muddy paddock.
Today, though, the 22 players on the pitch are supported by a ghost squad of scientists drawing on biomechanics, physics, nutrition, psychology and other performance-enhancing disciplines.
Here are some examples of how science has helped to change football, answer riddles and end hearsay.
FAKING A FALL:
NOW IT’S OFFICIAL:
HIGHS AND LOWS:
NO NET GAINS:
HOME AND HORMONES:
HOW IT’S SPUN: