Sports Science

Did Some Baseball Stars Get Favorable TV Coverage In Steroid Controversy?

Retired baseball stars Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro each have Hall of Fame-worthy numbers, more than 500 home runs. ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 21 2014 - 1:35pm

Endurance Training Impacts Muscle Epigenetics In Small Study

Epigenetics has gotten new life 200 years after it was first postulated- it is temporary biochemical changes in the genome, caused by various forms of environmental impact that can be permanent and even passed down to future generations, basically an upda ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 9 2014 - 10:59am

In Test Cricket, Still Bet On The Home Team

Are umpires biased? There has been sociological woo produced trying to prove they are racist in baseball but a paper has found that if a cricket team has home umpires, some bias does get introduced, at least in Test cricket, the longest form of the sport. ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 15 2014 - 1:33pm

Sports Math: Using A Cricket Nightwatchman Is A Bad Idea

Nightwatchman Nathan Lyon bowled by Mohammed Sharmi last week. AAP/ David Mariuz By Tim Trudgian, Australian National University Imagine you are captain of the national cricket team. With 20 minutes left in day one of a test match, your top-order batsman ...

Article - The Conversation - Dec 17 2014 - 10:30pm

Juicing: Does Beet Juice Help With Exercise?

Beet juice is a fad in sports optimization because it is rich in nitrates, but does it work?  It has some value, though it does not enhance muscle blood flow or vascular dilation during exercise, as commonly claimed. It does "de-stiffen" blood v ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 19 2015 - 4:00pm

Football Physics: The Science Of Deflategate

The Patriots ran away with the AFC Championship. What did deflated footballs have to do with it? USA Today Sports / Reuters By Chad Orzel, Union College ...

Article - The Conversation - Jan 22 2015 - 4:30pm

Walking Football- The Health Benefits Without The Injury

Like sports, want to play into old age without the injury risk? Walking football- or basketball, or lots of other things- might be the answer. Football- soccer in the United States- is running and kicking. If you change the running to walking, the skill is ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 23 2015 - 11:35am

Why Nitrate Supplementation Increases Athletic Performance

Amateur athletes are competitive and they are always looking for an advantage even if it isn't their careers, so it is no surprise that supplement stores are filled with promises of gains. Nitrate supplements, claiming to  improve the efficiency at wh ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 3 2015 - 8:30am

Athletes Do Take Drugs – But Not As Much As The Rest Of Us

An Australian study found certain elite athletes were more at risk of taking drugs than others. Credit: Lee Morley, CC BY-NC-ND There’s a widespread public perception that substance use is rife among Australian athletes. Whenever I tell people I research ...

Article - The Conversation - Mar 5 2015 - 9:00am

How Do You Win A March Madness Bracket? Guess

By Chris Gorski Inside Science Currents Blog-- It's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament time and fans have lots of questions. Will Kentucky win it all and finish the season undefeated? Will one of the "First Four" – the teams that begin t ...

Article - Inside Science - Mar 19 2015 - 8:00am