Ross Tucker is Professor of Exercise Physiology with the School of Medicine of the University of the Free State.  He is the scientific and research consultant to World Rugby, ambassador and scientific advisor to Virgin Active and adidas, and a published author, opinion leader and consultant to numerous elite sports teams and organisations.  These include SA Sevens (including the 2009/2010 World Series winning team), SA Kayaking, SA Triathlon, USA triathlon and the UK Olympic Committee. His current research interests include high performance culture, talent identification and management, the limits of human performance, and performance and wellness in companies.  He is a founding member of Vivendi Wellness, a company that audits and innovates corporate wellness and performance strategies.   He created and runs The Science of Sport website, and has written opinion articles for publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian (UK), Le Monde (France) and The Times (SA).  In 2013, he was named by Mail and Guardian in their list of Top 200 Influential Young South Africans, and by the Minister of Sport as one of the 100 Influential people in South African Sport.