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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Why Swimming May Be the Best Exercise for Older Adults
A woman swims in a pool.
October 17th, 2014
Falling down and getting hurt is a big problem for older adults. Now, new research from Australia suggests that the only type of exercise that lowers older adults' risk of falling down is swimming.
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Jetpack Could Rocket Runners to 4-Minute Mile
The jetpack.
September 25th, 2014
The newest jetpack won't help you realize your dreams of flying across the sky, but it could help you run a mile in just four minutes.
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Peering Inside the World Cup's Brazuca Ball
brazuca, soccer ball, world cup, adidas
June 12th, 2014
The World Cup is the most-watched sporting event on Earth, and this year's Brazuca soccer ball is a marvel of engineering.
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Contact Sports Athletes More Likely to Carry MRSA
mrsa bacteria under a microscope
October 9th, 2014
College athletes who play contact sports, such as football and soccer, are more likely to harbor the superbug MRSA than athletes who play non-contact sports, a new study finds.
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Gaming as Spectator Sport
gaming, video games
August 31st, 2014
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World Cup Soccer Ball Is Nice and Stable, Study Finds
Brazuca soccer ball used in Croatia
May 29th, 2014
After controversy over the unstable soccer ball used in the last World Cup, players should find this year's version a breeze. New research suggests that the Adidas Brazuca has a stable flight path.
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Fighting Hockey Concussions with Safer Helmets (Op-Ed)
USA vs. Canada in Innsbruck, Austria, hockey, concussion
September 29th, 2014
New helmet ratings, based on laboratory testing, will let consumers know which hockey protection is best at preventing concussions.
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Virtual Worlds Can Be As Fulfilling As Real Life (Op-Ed)
gaming, professional gamer, sports
August 15th, 2014
Step aside Olympians – the new sporting pursuit of choice may soon be professional gaming.
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Found! Hidden Ocean Locked Up Deep in Earth's Mantle
This photo from NASA's Suomi NPP satellite shows the Eastern Hemisphere of Earth in "Blue Marble" view.
June 12th, 2014
Parts of the Earth's lower mantle are melting, which can only happen due to the presence of lots of water. These oceans' worth of water are sealed into the blue mineral called ringwoodite, scientists have found.
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