Sports Science

Team Pressure, Different Rules, Mental Hell – Why The Ryder Cup Is Not Just Another Golf Major

Phil Mickelson tees off at Gleneagles. Credit: EPA By Tony Westbury, Edinburgh Napier University Medinah Country Club, Chicago, Ryder Cup 2012. There were six short feet between Martin Kaymer and the 18th hole. This was the moment. No other player, no spe ...

Article - The Conversation - Sep 26 2014 - 6:01pm

Hamstring Tester May Keep More Athletes On The Field

Can hamstring injury be predicted?  Hamstring strains account for most non-contact injuries in Australian rules football, football and rugby union, as well as track events like sprinting, and a team led by Dr. Anthony Shield, from Queensland University of ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 29 2014 - 3:30pm

Brain Injury In Sport Is An Unfolding Tragedy – We're Only Now Starting To Count The Cost

Dave ‘Bear’ Duerson, 22, in action. Credit: PA By Jordan Gaines Lewis, Penn State College of Medicine Ah, football. The great American pastime. The freshly cut grass and crisply-painted yard lines. The sound of helmets clashing in an epic stack of large m ...

Article - The Conversation - Sep 30 2014 - 3:58pm

Lift Weights, Boost Memory

If you need another good reason to hit the gym, a new study finds it can improve memory. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have found that an intense workout of as little as 20 minutes can enhance episodic memory, also known as long-term memory ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 1 2014 - 11:09am

Men Are More Competitive Runners, Women Are More Social

There are lots of distance runners in the United States, there is no real gender gap about participation. But there is when it comes to competition, the difference is there. A new paper in Evolutionary Psychology says that, on average, American men partic ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 7 2014 - 2:01pm

Does Flopping Work In Basketball?

In the United States, professional basketball, the NBA, opens its regular season tonight. That means at this time tomorrow there will be talk that some player 'flopped'- fell on the ground to draw a foul and get a chance at a free basket. A new ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 28 2014 - 3:21pm

Arm Pain In Young Baseball Players Is Common But Preventable

Arm pain is common among healthy young baseball players, according to a recent survey. Nearly half say they have been encouraged to keep playing despite arm pain, which suggests that more individualized screening is needed to prevent overuse injury in you ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 6 2014 - 1:41pm

In The NFL, Bandwagon Is Everyone's Second Favorite Team

In the NFL, teams share revenue from national television contracts and to sell local tickets, if a team has not sold at least to a specific threshold, the game is blacked out locally. If enough people are attending, the game is shown to fans in the region ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 9 2014 - 10:00am

Baseball Offseason Debate: Who Is The Best Left-Handed Player?

Though the World Series is over, baseball never really ends in the modern era. There are MVP announcements, free agency and then the winter meetings. Before we know it, it will be February and pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training in Florida ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Nov 10 2014 - 8:30am

CrossFit: Pointless Pain Or Elite Fitness?

It’s a known fact that exercise is addictive. But CrossFitters – those who take part in CrossFit’s brutal workouts and stringent diet – are infamous for their fanatical devotion to their fitness philosophy. They can be found doing pull-ups and heavily wei ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 14 2019 - 1:27pm