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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Super Bowl Teams' Cities See Spike in Flu Deaths
football
February 4th, 2016
A new study finds that cities whose teams play in the Super Bowl have an increase in deaths due to flu among older adults that year.
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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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Unusual Case of Brain Disease Found in Former College Football Player
football
January 4th, 2016
A young man who played football in college had already developed a degenerative brain disease by the time he died at age 25 from a heart problem, according to a new report of his case.
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Pediatricians Unveil Game Plan for Safer Youth Football
football
October 25th, 2015
In a new statement, a doctors group is outlining a series of recommendations to improve children's safety while participating in youth football leagues.
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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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Ancient Marine Reptiles Flew Through the Water
Plesiosaur model
December 18th, 2015
The ancient, four-flippered plesiosaur didn't swim like a fish, whale or even an otter — but instead like a penguin, a new study finds.
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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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