## Archive for the ‘Sports Science’ Category

### Here’s how to get fit

November 2, 2015

Motivation can be hard but we all know that exercise is important. For example …

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### The math behind Michael Jordan’s legendary hang time

June 6, 2015

Michael Jordan’s legendary slam dunk from the free throw line has been calculated at 0.92 seconds of pure hang time. But how many seconds could Jordan have gotten were he doing the same jump on the Moon? Or Jupiter?

### Olympians Live Longer Than the Rest of Us

June 21, 2013

When medal-winning athletes return home from the Olympic Games, their fame may be short-lived, but they can look forward to a long life. A new study has found that Olympic medalists live an average of 2.8 years longer than the rest of us, whether they’re a gymnast, golfer, runner, or athlete in any other event.

The study used data on 15,174 male and female athletes who won medals in Olympic Games since 1896 and found that 30 years after any given Olympics, 8% more medalists were alive than others from their country and birth year.

### Sport Science – Best Of The Dunk Contest

March 23, 2013

There is quite a lot of science in basketball.

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### Science of the Basketball Free Throw

January 25, 2013

For the past 50 years, NBA basketball players successfully shoot about 75% of free throws, so it’s natural to think that is the natural limit. But that’s before science got involved …

Using a computer simulation of millions of trajectories based on shots by the best free-throw shooters, Scientists determined how various factors affect the chance of success. The magic formula: a launch angle of 52 degrees, three revolutions per second of backspin, and aiming for a spot 7 centimeters (2.8 inches) back from the center of the basket, toward the back of the rim.

With backspin, if the ball hits the rim or backboard, the contact deadens the ball. That means it comes off slower, stays closer to the basket and is more likely to fall in. Learn more here.

### The Science of Table Tennis

January 3, 2013

Table Tennis is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight, hollow ball back and forth using table tennis rackets. It is full of science …

If you thought that was impressive, check out the very best table tennis shots of 2012:

### Usain Bolt vs. Gravity

August 16, 2012

Who’s faster over 10 meters – the fastest sprinter in the world, or gravity?

### 5 Years Of Every NBA Shot Attempt

April 13, 2012

Scientists study some arguably pointless things sometimes. Take for instance Kirk Goldsberry from Harvard University who has recently analysed every single shot taken by every single player in the NBA for the past five years.

The results … players score lots of points close to the basket and from the three point line.

The image above shows the point scoring per field goal attempt, from 2006 to 2011. Red means most points and blue means fewest; the size of the squares indicates how many shots were attempted from each spot. Learn more here.

### How to win at the Olympics – use your mind!

March 6, 2012

All top-level athletes – like the the 17,000 that will descend on London for the Olympics in July 2012 – will probably have the optimal genes to compete at their chosen sport. They will have been training for years, and their diets will be finely honed. But it is in their minds where medals will be won or lost.

It’s only in the last decade or so that psychological training has been recognised as equally important to sporting success as the physical side. The psychologist to the British Olympic team runs twice-monthly sessions for athletes in the final year of the run-up to the Olympics. A pair of psychologists in Israel implement a four-year programme of psychological training with their athletes, which starts as soon as the last games finish.

Medal-winners tend to be those who are best able to control their emotions and focus their attention, and are brimming with confidence, motivation and optimism. The idea of psych-training is to help athletes reach this state of mind through strategies such as goal-setting, imagery, simulating the competitive environment and even talking to themselves. Learn more here.

### Keep exercising

March 3, 2012

Aging is commonly associated with a loss of muscle mass and strength, resulting in falls, functional decline, and the subjective feeling of weakness … but only if you don’t exercise, see: