National Physical Laboratory

Measurement in Sport

This set of posters highlights how crucial measurement is in sport and provides some fascinating facts.

Cycle race
  • Mass - How does weight measurement ensure athletes qualify for competitions?
  • Amount of Substance - What methods are used to test for doping?
  • Distance - How do we know a metre rod is really a metre long?
  • Height - How does measurement ensure fairness in the hurdles event?
  • Pressure - How does pressure measurement in inflatable sports balls ensure fairness in football and volleyball?
  • Speed - How is frequency used to calculate the speed of a tennis ball?
  • Time - How does measurement ensure that clocks used in 100 m final are accurate?

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