Couch potatoes, rejoice! From the racetrack to the gridiron, one company is completely changing how you watch sports on TV
By Jonathon Keats Posted 08.06.2008 at 11:39 am 0 Comments
The roar of the engines is deafening. Directly in front of me, I’ve got the No. 1 car, more than 3,000 pounds of hot steel, locked in my sights. I’m right on my rival driver’s rear bumper, a supermodel-thin distance between us as my 760-horsepower Chevy bears down at 184 mph. As we go into the last turn, No. 1 offers the tiniest of openings to the inside. I go low for the pass, giving my ride everything it’s got left to pull ahead in the final straightaway . . .
Snapping ankles and dancer-like toes are what makes Michael Phelps win
By Corey BinnsPosted 08.01.2008 at 12:55 pm 7 Comments
Despite its name, the dolphin kick—the motion that propels the swimmer forward underwater after he dives in and at the turns—isn't just about the legs. It requires a swimmer's entire body to crack like a whip, creating a fluid wave that starts at the chest and increases in amplitude as it travels all the way through the toes. In the best swimmers, this wave moves at about nine feet every second, about half the speed an actual dolphin performs the same motion. To move this quickly, whole-body flexibility is key.
The equipment that will optimize your temperature, stop a nosebleed, and help you hit the perfect 300-yard drive
By Brett ZardaPosted 07.29.2008 at 1:06 pm 3 Comments
This is not a story about steroids. But it is about improving your abilities on the playing field. Using technology as sophisticated as any developed in traditional fields of science, athletics companies have designed this equipment to make you better, stronger, faster and healthier. It's funded by absurd amounts of money and validated by the best athletes in the world. And if you're lucky, it will be sitting in your gym bag soon.
A fast run and a carbon-fiber pole create 20 feet of vertical
By Corey BinnsPosted 07.25.2008 at 11:31 am 1 Comment
The pole vault is all about energy conversion. The kinetic energy built up during the vaulter’s run turns into potential energy stored in the pole as the vaulter bends it nearly 90 degrees. When the pole recoils, it unleashes that energy to help propel the vaulter up and over the bar. Of these stages, Peter McGinnis, a professor of kinesiology at the State University of New York at Cortland, has found that the most important is the speed of the vaulter just before he plants his pole. The energy built up during the run accounts for almost 60 percent of the vault’s height.
An unorthodox, highly scientific training regimen made Andy Potts the top triathlete in the country
By Arianne CohenPosted 07.20.2008 at 5:28 pm 6 Comments
At the starting dock of the Olympic triathlon trials, the expression on Andy Potts’s face seems to say I will kill you with my eyes. As the starting gun fires, he plunges into the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and, in a burst of white foam, quickly pulls ahead of nine rivals. The second-ranked Hunter Kemper manages to hold pace with Potts for a few minutes, then drifts back into third place.
The biomechanics behind throwing 100 mph without ripping your elbow apart
By Corey BinnsPosted 07.17.2008 at 11:44 am 0 Comments
The slingshot move of a pro pitcher's shoulder is the fastest recorded action in sports. A pitch's power, however, is generated by his entire body. For a right-handed pitcher, the chain of kinetic energy starts as soon as he lifts his left leg and faces third base. The energy of that foot landing transfers into the rotation of the trunk and then finally unleashes in the arm whipping around at the elbow.
Check out the cutting-edge features that might just make tomorrow’s stadiums worth the outrageous price of admission with our animated fly through
By Patrick J. SauerPosted 07.16.2008 at 11:24 am 6 Comments
We combined the best design and technology features from a dozen cutting-edge stadium plans to create the ultimate Stadium of the Future, seen on these pages.
Now that fans can enjoy high-def sports action from their living rooms, stadium owners need to offer more to potential patrons than $8 beer. What can you expect from the stadium of the future? Comfortable seats close to the action, interactive screens that provide real-time game stats, sustainable design, and architecture that directs the roar of the home crowd onto the field.