Science Behind Sports

Our website provides three different levels of information on the Science Behind the Sport for each subject. In each article, you may view the basic or the technical version. To get started, search by Science or Sport below:

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Biologyforest Biology is the study of living organisms and is divided into many specialized subfields. Sports ‘n Science will focus particularly on human biology, including anatomy (the branch of science concerned with bodily structures) and physiology (the science concerned with the functioning of living organisms and their parts).

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Chemistrytestosterone –  Chemistry deals with the composition and properties of elementary forms of matter and various substances. Sports ‘n Science addresses the chemistry behind sporting equipment and athletic performance.

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EngineeringCycling Aerodynamics – Engineering is the branch of science and technology concerned with the design, construction, and use of engines, machines, and structures. Sports ‘n Science also examines materials science, an interdisciplinary field of engineering that incorporates the properties of matter.

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Mathematics –  Math is the abstract science of number, quantity, and space. Sports ‘n Science focuses particularly on applied mathematics, which is how math is applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering.

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Nutritionnewfoodpyramid_large – Nutritional Science is the study of the effects of food components on the metabolism, health, performance and disease resistance of humans and animals. Sports ‘n Science focuses on how nutrients and nutrition interact with the body to impact optimal performance for athletes.





Physicsfigure 1a – Physics is the branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. The subject matter of physics includes mechanics, heat, light and other radiation, sound, electricity, magnetism, and the structure of atoms. Physics applies to many aspects of sports and sporting equipment.

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Psychologylabeled_diagram_human_brain – Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior. Many psychological factors influence athletic performance and competition.

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