Sports have likely been around as long as there have been people. Every society has its favorite pastimes, and today with ever-advancing technologies, there is the ability to design high-tech equipment and utilize a host of specialists to help athletes perform better. It is such an important part of society that there are now fields dedicated to the study of sports medicine and fitness. No matter what sport or type of recreation you enjoy, the principles of science are involved.
During the unit address the following questions:
- Share some information about the science behind your sport or recreation of choice.
- How can you categorize the scientific information that you learned about your sport/recreation? For example, does it involve physics, chemistry, and/or biology?
- What technological advances have been made in your favorite activity during its history?
- Have there been any previously held beliefs or customs in your sport/recreation that have been dismissed by scientific research? If so, please explain.
- Now that you have done some research on the science involved in your favorite activity, do you think you can use that information to perform better? Why, or why not?
Just response each posted down below only #1 to 3
Science is all around us, and sports have become a way of life for a lot of people. The gym is my favorite part of the day and over the years I have become very intrigued by the bodybuilding aspect of the sport. I myself train year-round and compete and bodybuilding show as a bikini competitor. The part that I love the most is the science of how the body responds to nutrition and exercise. The supplements also are interesting how the improve the physique. There is so much science involved in bodybuilding. Physics, chemistry and biology is involved in every aspect of this sport, from the measuring of food to measuring of body fat %. Technology advances have made the sport involve due to the machines that help with better performance to the use of computer to get accurate body scans of the physique. Bodybuilding also is the only sport that doesn’t frown upon the use of steroids, science has only helped with the use of these supplements by using them “properly” and now bodybuilding has involved even more. With the research I have done it made me understand the sport even more with time performance becomes better, bodybuilding never stops the goals just become bigger. Consistency is key, progress not perfection.
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Good Afternoon Class,
Swimming is the sport that I love and chose to report on. Swimming is defined as moving your body through water which may be still as in a pool, turbulent as in an ocean, or in between. The Science of swimming is Physics. It curtails Newton’s three laws of motion: inertia– says that things stay still or move steadily at the same speed unless something pushes or pulls them or some kind of force is applied, force and acceleration– if you push or pull something, it starts moving or goes faster; the bigger the force applied, the more acceleration, action and reaction– states that when you apply a force to an object, the object returns the favor and applies an equal force to you, in the opposite direction. This explains why when we swim forward through water, we have to pull water backwards with our hands.
The most recent technological advancement in swimming took place at the 2012 Summer Olympics at the London Aquatics Center. Advanced Pool engineers designed a pool that can swimmers reach their maximum speed by minimizing waves.
Recently questions have been posed as to whether or not swimmers can warm a pool. A group of Physicist have conducted research based on James P. Joule’s experiment of the Law of Conservation and Energy. In their conclusions, they stated that, 1. Yes, the energy generated has to go somewhere, and No, the heat swimmers produce by swimming is so minimal that it makes no difference whatsoever.
I am a good swimmer, but after understanding the laws of motion, I‘ve learned some techniques that can make me better.
The sport I chose is figure skating. When figure skating, there is some physics involved. For example, according to the National Science Foundation, 2013 explains a couple of ways physics helps skaters. According to their explanation, when skaters jump and spin in the air several things happen; first, the jump itself is caused by vertical velocity which happens when the skater uses their leg muscles to push off the ice (leg force) and by using the force of the ice during takeoff, allows for a higher jump. This is then called the laws of projectile, when the skater uses the momentum of the jump, causing a higher jump. Now onto angular momentum, which is how fast the skater is going to rotate during a jump into the air. The skater can use angular momentum to spin faster in their jump for example, the smaller the body is positioned the faster the skater can spin; adversely, the larger the body is positioned the skater spins slower or can stop altogether.
The only advancement I am aware of is the camera they used to capture a skaters routine to best explain the science behind each move. They were able to slow it down to the point of seeing per second how each movement is accomplished. I don’t know of any previously held beliefs except maybe that figure skating loos easy, but based on its Science, I now see it is quite difficult and takes real practice and talent to pull off any of those moves.
As I have done some research I can see that figure skating is beautiful to look at and is to be left to the professionals.