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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Bad Habits Put Many Contact-Lens Wearers at Risk of Eye Infection
August 20th, 2015
Most U.S. contact wearers engage in bad hygiene habits with their lenses that could increase the risk of eye infection, according to a new report.
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A Hidden Summer Hazard: Norovirus Threatens Swimmers
Boy in swimming pool.
May 14th, 2015
outbreak of a stomach bug in Oregon tied to swimming in a lake highlights a perhaps less obvious hazard of summer fun.
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Could Deflategate Have an Innocent Science Explanation? (Op-Ed)
AFC Championship Patriots/Colts, deflategate, football
January 24th, 2015
For New England fans, the first priority is a search for an innocent explanation.
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FIFA Scandal: The Complicated Science of Corruption
 The official Adidas ball in action during a World Cup Soccer game on June 22, 2014 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
May 29th, 2015
It's tempting to blame corruption on bad morals. But scientists who study organizations say that corruption — or abuse of power for private gain — is very complicated.
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Chris Borland Leaves NFL: The Science of Football and Brain Injury
A football player tackles another player during a game.
March 17th, 2015
Professional football player Chris Borland, has announced he is leaving the sport, out of concern that the sport would increase his risk of brain disease. But what types of neurological problems have been linked with football?
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Football Physics: Why Deflated Balls Are Easier to Catch
football
January 23rd, 2015
After an inspection revealed that some of the footballs used during Sunday's NFL playoff game were slightly deflated, many people are asking whether the balls gave the New England Patriots an unfair advantage over the Indianapolis Colts.
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Zepp Golf Swing Analyzer: Sports Tracker Review
The Zepp Golf Swing Analyzer.
December 2nd, 2014
Zepp Golf Swing Analyzer makes it easier to improve your swing without paying for golf lessons.
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Testosterone Rules for Women Athletes Are Unfair, Researchers Argue
Dutee Chand runs the 200-meter race during the IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine in July 2013.
May 21st, 2015
Elite women athletes are barred from high-level competitions if their testosterone levels are too high. But what levels are "normal?"
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Super Bowl: 4 Tips for a Super-Healthy Game Day
Hummus and olives on a plate
January 31st, 2015
Diet and exercise may not be the first thing on your mind on Super Bowl Sunday, but there are a number of easy steps you can take to make game day a little healthier.
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New Wearables Track Your Stats on the Field
The Epson M-Tracer tracks a golf swing, and the Connected Cycle “smart pedal” records a cyclist’s speed and route information.
January 9th, 2015
Runners aren't the only athletes who can track their stats with a wearable device — a slew of new wearable sensors are aimed at sports players.
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