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The science behind the sport

The FIFA World Cup kicks off in June 2014. © Getty/ Pali Rao
The FIFA World Cup kicks off in June 2014. © Getty/ Pali Rao

As World Cup fever grips football fans this June, Horizon takes a look at the science of sport.

Horizon speaks to Dr Olivier Rabin, the science director of the World Anti-Doping Agency, who explains how putting a stop to the development of ‘gene doping’ is one of the institution’s main research priorities.

We find out how football fans are being coaxed out of the pub and onto the sports field, and we learn about the digital 'smart trainers' which could cut back on sports injuries. 

Top tennis tournaments Roland Garros and Wimbledon both take place in June, and Horizon finds out about the technology that is shaping the future of the sport in an interview with Dr Francesco Ricci Bitti, President of the International Tennis Federation.

We also hear from a project whose findings suggest that, contrary to popular belief, exercise does not always make you healthier.