Sports Science

The Science Of Baseball: What Is The Fastest A Pitcher Can Throw?

Unless you are a true baseball fan, you have probably never heard of Bob Feller.   Maybe you have heard of Nolan Ryan.   They were classic power pitchers.   They threw hard and they threw for strikes. Even if you are a baseball fan, unless you live and bre ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Nov 16 2011 - 3:49pm

The Words Of NFL Draft Picks Provide Clues To Their Personality

Thankfully,the NFL Draft and all its hype is behind us.  The matchmaking is complete but the guessing game begins as to which team picked the right combination of athletic skill, mental toughness and leadership potential in their player selections.  Hundr ...

Article - Dan Peterson - May 13 2011 - 12:47pm

Practice Or Genetics? Peter Vint On Youth Sports Development

Recently, while I was taking up my normal Saturday position on a youth soccer game sideline, I overheard a conversation between two parents as they watched the players warm-up. “I just love watching Billy play soccer.  He’s just one of those natural talen ...

Article - Dan Peterson - Aug 8 2011 - 7:31pm

Decision Theory In Basketball- Why Russell Westbrook Should Pass More To Kevin Durant

To reach the NBA Finals, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder needs to pass more, especially to his teammate Kevin Durant. That would be the message that two researchers would send to Thunder coach, Scott Brooks, if given the chance. Matt Goldman ...

Article - Dan Peterson - Aug 8 2011 - 8:15am

Angry Pitchers Retaliate More In The Heat

Last week, the Cubs made a rare visit to Fenway Park to face the Red Sox in a Major League Baseball inter-league series. Things got a little nasty when Sox pitcher Alfredo Aceves put a fastball into the face of the Cubs’ Marlon Byrd, causing multiple fract ...

Article - Dan Peterson - Jun 1 2011 - 8:14pm

You Are What You Think You Eat

The problem with your diet is not that you’ve been eating the wrong food, but rather you’ve been thinking about your food all wrong.  According to Alia Crum, a clinical psychology researcher at Yale University, our mind’s opinion of food labeled or thought ...

Article - Dan Peterson - Jun 30 2011 - 6:31pm

How Did The Athlete Cross The Road?

Just as struggling calculus students wonder if they will ever actually use their new proof-finding skills in real life, developing athletes may be curious if their endless practice drills will ever serve them off the field or court?  Well, researchers at t ...

Article - Dan Peterson - Jul 14 2011 - 9:53am

Why Tiger Woods Has A Big Head

As Tiger Woods returns to action this weekend at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, mortal golfers wonder what's inside his head that makes him so much better than us. Well, chances are his brain actually has more gray matter than the average weekend d ...

Article - Dan Peterson - Aug 8 2011 - 8:06am

The Secret Of Paul Scholes

An athlete’s level of greatness is often measured by the opinions of his or her peers while they’re playing and especially when they retire.  Being recognized as one of the best by those who understand what it takes is rare.  This week, one of the world’s ...

Article - Dan Peterson - Aug 8 2011 - 8:04am

How To Live To Be 100, And Still Be Lazy

Stop eating all of that junk food.  Why?  So, you can live longer, of course.  Get off the La-Z-Boy and go run five miles.  Why?!  So, you can enjoy your old age.  No more drinking and smoking.  Why?!!  So, you can live to be 100 years old. The rationale o ...

Article - Dan Peterson - Aug 10 2011 - 2:53pm