Sports Science

The NHL Is Biased- Against Birthdays?

A new paper says a hockey player's birthday strongly biases how professional teams assess his talent.  The authors found that, on average, National Hockey League (NHL) draftees born between July and December are much more likely than those born in th ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 27 2013 - 7:00pm

Central Fatigue: Why The Brains Of Athletes Give Out Before The Bodies Do

When a marathon runner approaches the finish line of race but suddenly collapses, it's reasonable to assume it is because of a muscle issue. It might also be a braking mechanism in the brain which swings into effect and makes us people tired to conti ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 4 2013 - 8:00pm

French Women Need More Exercise

French women are less likely to spend any time on any physical activities- not sports, exercise or even household chores, compared to women in Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the UK, according to a new survey. The multi-national survey on sport and exercise ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 1 2014 - 5:13pm

Rugby: Gloves Or Not, What Is The Best Way To Hold Onto The Ball?

Engineers at the University of Sheffield have been doing some science of rugby- measuring the dynamic friction between the material of the ball and the skin on the fingertips and palm, and the mitts that some players choose to wear under different weather ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 18 2013 - 10:36am

Are Athletes The Biggest Victims Of Stereotype Threat On College Campuses?

Blanket stereotypes are bad but they often come into existence for a reason; the problem becomes when everyone is labeled with the same brush. There is a common belief that some schools, high school and college, are giving athletes an easier time because ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 22 2013 - 12:33pm

Reducing Peak Torque: Proper Cleats Mean Less Injuries On Artificial Turf

Synthetic surfaces, popularly called Astroturf since the Houston Astrodome made it famous, were introduced in the 1960s to reduce strain on the playing surface and thus reduce field maintenance. But it was linked to an increase in injuries, one example in ...

Article - News Staff - May 1 2013 - 2:03pm

Team Sports May Deter Both Bullying And Violence

Bullying and violence are the latest cultural magnet for administrators in schools around the country, but the solution may not be paid commercials, more books or talks in the gym- it may be as simple as embracing team sports again. At the Pediatric Acade ...

Article - News Staff - May 6 2013 - 6:17am

V5: How To Hit A 90 MPH Baseball, The Neuroscience Way

If you are not an experienced baseball player, a ball coming at you 40 ar 40 miles per hour is fast. You are almost certain to swing too late and then, when you realize that is fast, you will swing too early. You are almost as certain to miss. So how can ...

Article - News Staff - May 8 2013 - 2:03pm

10 Essential Items Hikers Often Forget

Hikers in New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest often hit the trail less prepared than they should be, according to a survey that gaged readiness by how many of 10 essential items the hikers brought along. Which means hikers everywhere proba ...

Article - News Staff - May 28 2013 - 10:00am

Elite Athletes Often Succeed When They Are Younger Or Older- But Not Both

Some elite track and field athletes peak young, under the age of 20, while others peak later- but only a small fraction of star junior athletes had similar success as senior athletes. An Indiana University analysis compared the performance of elite track ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 7 2013 - 7:46pm