Nanofoam could make football helmets safe for longer

A liquid nanofoam lining filled with tiny pores could help football helmets better stand up to impacts strong enough to cause concussions.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
yesterday ~5 min

Tags: nanotechnology sports health-and-medicine concussions

Eurasia’s oldest balls suggest warriors worked out

Three leather balls from a cemetery in China are the oldest known yet from Eurasia. They indicate warriors on horseback worked to keep fit.

U. Zurich • futurity
Oct. 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: china archaeology horses sports society-and-culture burials

Seating is #1 COVID risk for fans in stadiums

"The single most important risk factor in a fan experience is seating; and, with mitigation, the risk in everything else is relatively small."

Leslie McCarthy-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 8, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 sports health-and-medicine pandemics

Cool touch shirts can make you feel cool on hot days, but which materials work best?

More companies are selling products that claim to keep you cool on hot days. But it turns out that common materials used in sports clothing may not always be the best.

Susan L. Sokolowski, Director & Associate Professor of Sports Product Design, University of Oregon • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: materials-science heat hot-weather athletics sports clothing basketball

Study points to health disparities among former NFL players

Black, other athletes of color report more pain, physical impairment, mood disorders and cognitive problems than white peers.

Harvard Gazette • harvard
Aug. 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: health-medicine athletes athletics sports football nfl

Vision training may boost batting performance

A program of ten weeks of vision training improved baseball players' batting performance, according to a small study.

Duke University • futurity
Aug. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: cognition vision sports health-and-medicine baseball

Silent stadiums change sports for fans at home

The regular sounds of sports will be missing when they return after COVID-19 hiatuses. How will silence or artificial crowds change the game for viewers?

Jason Maderer-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: sports science-and-technology society-and-culture sounds noise

Repeat head impacts may lead to depression later

Study participants with a history of repetitive head impacts and traumatic brain injury reported greater depression symptoms later than those who didn't.

Gina DiGravio-Boston • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: depression cognition memory brains athletes sports featured health-and-medicine football injuries

Why safely reopening high school sports is going to be a lot harder than opening college and pro ball

Our experts offer safer ways to bring back amateur sports.

Phillip D. Levy, Assistant Vice President for Translational Science and Clinical Research Innovation, Wayne State University • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  covid-19  coronavirus  pandemic  sars-cov-2  athletes  sports  college-athletics

Fitness tracker data could predict your marathon performance – new research

Training data collected by fitness trackers may be useful to predict marathon performance

Barry Smyth, Professor of Computer Science, University College Dublin • conversation
June 23, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: big-data marathon endurance-sports fitness-trackers

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