Sports engineering is the technical application of maths and physics to solve sporting problems. These might include: designing equipment, building facilities, analysing athlete performance, regulating standards, ensuring safety requirements are met, and developing coaching tools. In 1998 Professor Steve Haake set up the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA), reflecting the growth of Sports Engineering as a recognised academic discipline.
A few things are essential to be a successful sports engineer; a love of sport (not necessarily an ability to do it!), an interest in maths and physics and a desire to understand how things work.