1. Duke Researchers Claim March Madness Fans Have Short Memories

    Depending on who you talk to, there are different definitions of something called “The Shot” in the history of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about over 2 years ago 295 reads 1 comments

  2. For NBA Clutch Time, You Want Manu Ginobili at the Line, Not Paul Pierce

    Ask any NBA player or coach where they would prefer to play a high-stakes game, home or away, and the vast majority will choose being in the friendly confines of their home arena...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about over 2 years ago 843 reads 2 comments

  3. Baseball Pitch Recognition Featured at MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference

    For most of us growing up, there were two distinct groups of students in our high schools: the Jocks and the Brains. While they pretended not to like each other, there was an unspoken mutual respect...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about over 2 years ago 805 reads 2 comments

  4. Brain Researchers Agree That Baseball Hitting Is Contagious

    One of baseball’s well worn axioms is that “hitting is contagious.” Once a few batters get on base, those hitting behind them rally at the plate...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about over 2 years ago 1,703 reads 0 comments

  5. NFL Draft 2012: Learn How GMs Listen to Andrew Luck

    For the second half of this NFL season, the only silver lining in several losing teams’ dark clouds is an early round pick in the 2012 NFL draft...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about almost 3 years ago 542 reads 0 comments

  6. FC Barcelona: What If Xavi Made Even Better Decisions?

    When Xavi Hernandez receives the soccer ball in his offensive half of the field, the Barcelona maestro has a world of decisions waiting for him...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about almost 3 years ago 2,072 reads 3 comments

  7. Youth Athletes: Video Games, Building Blocks and Your Brain's Dark Energy

    To get your budding superstar ready for his sports future, should they play with high tech video games or good old building blocks? Well, according to two new studies, that depends ...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about almost 3 years ago 222 reads 0 comments

  8. Aaron Rodgers Might Have a Better Working Memory Than You

    After a great Aaron Rodgers performance, you will usually hear at least one of two phrases uttered by post-game football analysts, “he has a great ability to see the field,” or “the game has really slowed down for him...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about almost 3 years ago 279 reads 0 comments

  9. High School Football Player's Broken Neck Captured by Wired Helmet

    For the crowd watching an Illinois high school football game last fall, it was a sickening feeling watching one of their Unity Rockets cornerbacks collapse to the ground after delivering ...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about 3 years ago 937 reads 1 comments

  10. Heat Causes MLB Pitchers to Retaliate More with Beanballs

    Last week, the Cubs made a rare visit to Fenway Park to face the Red Sox in a Major League Baseball inter-league series...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about 3 years ago 166 reads 1 comments

  11. NBA Playoffs 2011: Research Confirms Russell Westbrook Shoots Too Much

    To reach the NBA Finals, Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder needs to pass more, especially to his teammate Kevin Durant . That would be the message that two researchers would send to Thunder coach, Scott Brooks, if given the chance...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about over 3 years ago 1,083 reads 1 comments

  12. A Conversation With Peter Vint: Do Young Athletes Need Practice or Genetics?

    Recently, while I was taking up my normal Saturday position on a youth soccer game sideline, I overheard a conversation between two parents as they watched the players warm-up...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about over 3 years ago 1,244 reads 3 comments

  13. The Fastest Man on No Legs

    In an ironic twist, Oscar Pistorius' disability has now been shown to be an unfair advantage. The South African sprinter, who races with two prosthetic lower legs, has been the subject of a see-saw ...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about over 4 years ago 453 reads 3 comments

  14. I Run, Therefore I Drink?

    Here’s a question for your buddies at the next golf outing or bowling league night: Are we more active because we drink more or do we drink more because we’re more active? Recent research ...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about almost 5 years ago 54 reads 0 comments

  15. How To See A 130 MPH Serve

    For most of us mere mortals, if an object was coming at us at 120-150 mph, we would be lucky to get out of the way. Players in this week's U.S...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about almost 5 years ago 720 reads 4 comments

  16. Running Addicts Need Their Fix

    Just as there is the endorphin rush of a "runner's high," there can also be the valley of despair when something prevents avid runners from getting their daily fix of miles...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about almost 5 years ago 156 reads 3 comments

  17. Usain Bolt Can Be Even Faster, Researchers Claim

    Well, maybe Usain Bolt was right after all. As discussed in our Physiology of Speed story, Bolt predicted he could run 100 meters in 9.54 seconds, lowering his own world record of 9.69 seconds...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about 5 years ago 685 reads 4 comments

  18. The Physiology of Speed

    Usain Bolt, the triple Olympic gold medal sprinter from Jamaica, predicted last week that he could break his own world record of 9.69 seconds in the 100 meter sprint with a time as low as 9.54 seconds...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about 5 years ago 557 reads 2 comments

  19. Cyclists' Sore Seats Signal Serious Symptoms

    For any guy who has endured more than 30 minutes on a road bicycle seat, there is usually some concern over the strange numbness that occurs in places that should not go numb. Well, a new study has some good and bad news...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about 5 years ago 186 reads 0 comments

  20. Exercise Burns Fat During But Not After Your Workout

    After an hour of sweating on the treadmill or pumping iron, most of us look forward to the extra post-exercise "afterburn" of fat cells that has been promised to us by fitness pundits...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about 5 years ago 83 reads 0 comments

  21. Kids' Baseball Injuries Down, Some Still Play "Until It Hurts"

    At a recent baseball game, the 12-year-old second baseman on my son's team had a ground ball take a nasty hop, hitting him just next to his right eye. He was down on the field for several minutes and was later diagnosed at the hospital with a concussion..

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about 5 years ago 155 reads 0 comments

  22. NASCAR Fans Drive Faster

    If you plan on watching your favorite NASCAR driver this weekend, you may want to have your designated driver take you home. Not only should he be sober, but he also should have no interest in motor sports...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about 5 years ago 89 reads 1 comments

  23. For Kids' Health, Just Let Them Play

    As usual, your Mom was right. When she told you to get outside and play, she instinctively knew that would be good for you...

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  24. Your Heart Rate Before Exercise Can Predict Future Heart Attacks

    Many people exercise to improve the health of their hearts. Now, researchers have found a link between your heart rate just before and during exercise and your chances of a future heart attack...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about 5 years ago 107 reads 2 comments

  25. Thoroughbred Horse Injuries Rise but Race Times Stay Flat

    Imagine trying to walk on all fours using just your big toes and your middle fingers. That is similar to what modern thoroughbred racehorses endure when racing around a track at up to 30 mph...

    Dan Peterson Written by Dan Peterson about 5 years ago 253 reads 0 comments