Why Does a Soccer Ball Bend?
Physics can often be used to explain soccer, and the behavior of the ball. Adam Beehler, from the University of Utah's Department of Physics, describes what makes the soccer ball bend. Click here to see the video!
Physics of Basketball!
Check out our newest poster, featuring Adam Beehler from U Physics and Astronomy, and Kim Gaucher from U Basketball!
The Healthy STEM 5K and Fair on Saturday, May 31st, was a success!
The Sports 'n Science program co-sponsored the Utah State Office of Education's Healthy STEM event. Over 300 runners and 20 STEM organizations converged on the University of Utah campus for a morning of STEM learning and healthy activity.
New Running Poster
Our newest poster features Rosalie Waller from the U Track team, and the anatomy and physiology of running. Request a poster online.
Physics of Freestyle Event
The idea of pairing sports with science is catching on! The College of Science hosted a Physics of Freestyle event in Park City on March 21, 2014.
Physics of Basketball Pilot Program
In 2013, Sports 'n Science developed a "Physics of Basketball" activity for 6-8 graders. Learn more about our programs under the "K-12 Teaching" tab.
Congratulations to our winners!
Thank you to all who participated in our Sports 'n Science poster feedback and prize drawing! We have notified our winners by email. Congratulations to Jennifer M. (Utes Apparel), Jennifer B. (Science Kit), and Cynthia L. (Sports and Science books)!
Sports 'n Science Ski Poster
The Sports 'n Science ski poster features Alpine Skier Tim Hribar. Utah took 2nd place at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Scientist-Athlete Profile
Former MIT football player and Dean of the Graduate School Dave Kieda highlights his life work and also his time as an athlete during his undergraduate years.
Request SnS Posters
Sports ‘n Science creates posters for the K-12 community to show the science behind the sport and pair athletes with scientists. Request printed posters for your school, classroom, or program.
The Sports ‘n Science program aims to enhance the connections between sports and science within academia and in the community. SnS disseminates scientific information to public audiences through articles, presentations, posters, and videos.
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Sports 'n Science Videos

  • The Sports 'n Science program creates videos to highlight the science behind the sport. Released in 2012, this “Science of the Punt” video stars University of Utah Math Department Chairman Peter Trapa with Ute Punter Sean Sellwood. The full-length video was edited into two shorter videos to be broadcast during football games.
  • The Sports 'n Science program creates videos to highlight the science behind the sport. Released in 2012, this “Science of the Punt” video stars University of Utah Math Department Chairman Peter Trapa with Ute Punter Sean Sellwood. The full-length video was edited into two shorter videos to be broadcast during football games.
  • The Sports 'n Science program creates videos to highlight the science behind the sport. Released in 2012, this “Science of the Punt” video stars University of Utah Math Department Chairman Peter Trapa with Ute Punter Sean Sellwood. The full-length video was edited into two shorter videos to be broadcast during football games.
  • Jordan Gerton, a professor of physics at the University of Utah describes how Nick Goepper, a 2013 world champion slopestyle skier, will need to follow the laws of physics and rotational motion in order to nail his gravity-defying tricks in Goepper’s quest for Olympic gold in this freestyle skiing event debuting in Sochi.

Recent Sports 'n Science Articles

The Psychological Benefits of Exercise

Posted on 26 Jul 2014
Few can argue the many benefits of exercise—it makes people stronger, healthier, and adds years to their lives. There are also a number of less tangible effects of exercise in addition to well-defined

Timing of Eating and Exercise

Posted on 11 Jul 2014
The role of nutrition in regard to physical activity and athletic performance is of high importance for all athletes. There are many aspects to consider in the realm of sports nutrition, and an import

Hot or Cold: How Temperature Affects Sports

Posted on 11 Jul 2014
We are always interested in knowing how hot or cold our day is going to be so we can plan for the day ahead of us. No matter what activities we plan, we want to accomplish them without unnecessary dis