Sports Science

Baseball, Beanballs And The Psychology Of Revenge

It's baseball season.  That means some time this week you are sure to witness the following; a pitcher hits a player with the ball.  The opposing pitcher retaliates by hitting another player with a ball.  The benches look like they are about to clear, ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 6 2012 - 4:30am

Are Marathon Runners Healthy "Pot-Heads"?

As the London marathon gets underway, there are going to be lots of people getting high- 37,500 according to one recent BBC article. However, this is a different “high” than those individuals who partook, or attempted to, in massive marijuana festivities ...

Article - Alex Atwood - Apr 22 2012 - 10:43am

Watching Soccer Increases Hormone Levels

Both testosterone and cortisol levels increased for Spaniards who watched as Spain beat Holland during the 2010 World Cup.  In this study, they analyzed the psychobiological response of men and women watching sports- when the competition’s outcome, victory ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 26 2012 - 5:44pm

Even Amateur Boxing Can Cause Brain Damage

You likely knew that professional boxing causes brain damage but a new study shows it is more than just an assumption, even about amateurs. Researchers analyzing 30 top-level Swedish boxers found changes in brain fluids after bouts, which indicates nerve c ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 27 2012 - 10:58pm

Sports Leads To Advanced Civilization

The so-called 'reality-based community' hates popular culture, unless they like it ironically. Sports most of all. But, argues  George Washington University Professor of Anthropology Jeffrey P. Blomster,  the ballgame is associated with the rise ...

Article - News Staff - May 9 2012 - 1:21pm

Why Do Athletes Sometimes Choke When The Pressure Is On?

Athletes sometimes 'choke'- succumb to pressure and underperform- in key situations. How can an athlete be among the top 1,000 participants in the world at a task and be paralyzed by situations in a game they play with expertise? Choking happens ...

Article - News Staff - May 11 2012 - 1:15pm

Olympic Swimming: Which Stroke Works Better, Sculling Or Deep Catch?

The two most common swimming strokes used by athletes training for the Olympic Games either pull the swimmer through the water like a boat paddle or whirl to the side like a propeller. Which arm motion works best is a big argument among elite swimmers and ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 20 2012 - 7:30am

The Olympic Medal Results Forecast

Can anyone accurately forecast the result of the London Olympics while they are a week away? Even more daring, can they forecast results without in depth knowledge of athlete training? Economists at Ruhr-Universität Bochum are taking a shot at it and, if i ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 25 2012 - 9:19pm

Did The Scottish Invent Golf?

Want to get in a fight in Scotland? Okay, just about anything will get you into a fight in Scotland but if you want a guaranteed way to get a headbutt and then kicked when you are on the ground, tell them they did not invent golf, the world's most fru ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 31 2012 - 4:30am

Smooth Patch Effect: Freddy Garcia Pitch Leads To New Physics Hypothesis

An April 29, 2011, a low split-finger fastball thrown by Yankees right-handed pitcher Freddy Garcia inspired a whole science study. ...

Blog Post - Hank Campbell - Aug 13 2012 - 7:13pm