The Psychology of Individual and Team Sports

LACityWhile overall enjoyment of sport participation and experiences of optimum psychological state do not appear to depend on the type of sport, research in the field of sports psychology has yielded some significant differences between athletes in individual and team sports, especially in terms of sources of motivation, coaching, and training.

Read more the basic psychology of team or individuals sports or understand the technical psychological aspects.

Articles by Alycia Parnell.

Tennis Courts and Equipment: How Physics Affects the Speed of Play

tennis ballsTennis is played internationally.  Depending on what nation hosts a tennis tournament, players may find themselves competing on anything from grass (Wimbledon) to clay (Australia) to rubber coated concrete with acrylic paint (U.S.).  Other variables within the sport include ball types and rackets.

Different court surfaces, balls, and rackets impact the speed of the game. One way to address the issue of speed is to combine a faster court with a slower ball, or a slower court with a faster ball, to level out the pace.  Additionally, scientists continue to study the composition of rackets, shoes, balls, and court material to find solutions to these and other ongoing issues in the sport.

Learn the basics of how physics affects the speed of play or read the more technical explanation.

Articles by Lindsay Sanford.