Sports Science

How Kilian Jornet Trained To Sprint Up Mount Everest In Record Time

When we think of Mt. Everest, it's usually imagery like Sir Edmund Hillary and his guide Tenzing Norgay in parkas and with oxygen tanks making the hazardous 29.000 climb. And then there are the dead bodies, nearly 300 of them, those who perished on th ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Apr 26 2019 - 12:55pm

How The Craft Of Air Guitar Evolved Into A Sport

Advertised as the “greatest thing you’ve never seen,” the 2019 U.S. Air Guitar Championships will take place this summer. Competitors from around the country will don elaborate costumes, construct fantastical personas and perform comedic pantomimes of fam ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 29 2019 - 9:12am

Mind-Muscle Connection: Thinking About Weights Is As Important As Lifting Them?

The 'mind-muscle connection'. Ancient lore for bodybuilders, latest buzz for Instragram fitness followers, or more for aesthetes than athletes? A new analysis in Frontiers in Sports and Active Living suggests that to lift heavier, or longer, it ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 9 2019 - 9:44am

The Secret To Great Volleyball Is Sneaky Float Serves, Finds Aerodynamic Analysis

Wind tunnel experiments to determine the role of asymmetry caused by the orientation of a volleyball on its aerodynamic characteristics found that it would be easy to make a volleyball more predictable; with a hexagonal or dimpled pattern instead of six pa ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 11 2019 - 9:30am

An Argument For Exercising Before Breakfast

Exercise is recommended for people who are overweight or obese as a way to reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But people don’t always have time to exercise as much as they would like, so finding ways to increase th ...

Article - The Conversation - Nov 6 2019 - 5:00am

Don't Be Intimidated By Lunks Or Master Athletes, Exercise Helps All Equally

Any time is a good time to start exercising but a great time to start exercising is today. Share this article on Facebook first, though.  Don't be intimidated by those people who hiss about Crossfit or their Peloton, a new study shows you have the sam ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 27 2019 - 11:03am

The Super Bowl Is Applied Science Everyone Can Understand

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman gets called a lot of things. He calls himself the greatest cornerback in the NFL (and Seattle fans tend to agree). Sportswriters and some other players call him a loudmouth and a showboater. Fans of other teams ...

Article - The Conversation - Feb 1 2020 - 2:04pm

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 - Feb 28 2020 - 11:00am

Baseball Pitchers, Can You Out-throw A Chimp?

If you can scorch a baseball over the mound, you can thank extinct ancestors. That's not to say that, despite what an evolutionary psychologist might contend, our ability to throw fast and accurately evolved so our ancestors could play ball better an ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 28 2020 - 11:26am

Baseball Blasphemy? Pitching Is Only 25 Percent Of Team Success

Cornelius McGillicuddy, Sr., better known as Connie Mack, once said that pitching is 75 percent of baseball.  He was speaking from experience, not data, and looks can be deceiving, as people who think a curve ball move two feet can attest, but science is ...

Article - Hank Campbell - Feb 28 2020 - 11:44am