Sports Science

Sports aren't just for jocks. LiveScience delves into the psychology, physiology and physics of sports, from new studies in sports medicine to news about professional athletes and information for weekend warriors.
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In the Long Run: Keeping Track of Athletes with Wearable Tech (Op-Ed)
The first AFL club to use the WASP tracking tech
April 1st, 2014
With the AFL season in full swing many of us are glued to our screens marvelling at the speed and tactics of the athletes.
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Chill Out, Cool Down ... Athlete Anxiety at the Winter Games
anxiety, stress, performance
March 10th, 2014
Whether an athlete is competing at the Olympics or Paralympics, anxiety management is one of the most common psychological issues experienced.
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Stadium Acoustics Pump Up the Volume
soccer, venues, acoustics
April 14th, 2014
At sports venues designed to maximize crowd atmosphere, beware of hearing loss.
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The Incredible Tech Behind Paralympian Daredevil Stunts (Op-Ed)
Austria’s Roman Rabl, paralympian, olympics
March 14th, 2014
Watching the Paralympics makes us forget about the term “disability” and the idea that sport with a disability is about limitations. The athletes on the slopes and rinks at Sochi are showing us that theirs is a ruthless, competitive environment.
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Why Winter Endurance Athletes Compete In So Many Races
Skier, olympics, superhuman efforts
February 19th, 2014
After superhuman efforts, athletes often race again just days later.
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Sochi Slopes Seen from Space (Photo)
February 18th, 2014
A satellite circling the globe captured pictures of the steep peaks outside of Sochi where skiers and snowboarders are striving for Olympic glory.
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Peeing in Pool Causes Surprising Health Hazard
Boy in swimming pool.
April 1st, 2014
Peeing in the pool not only has an ick factor, but also produces a surprising health hazard when it combines with pool chemicals, a new study says.
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As Olympics Inspires Your 'Inner Athlete', Beware Common Injuries (Op-Ed)
work out, exercise, health
February 18th, 2014
Let the Olympics inspire you in the New Year, just be careful.
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