Popular Mechanics Why a Curveball Curves: New & Improved Edition: The Incredible Science of Sports  -     Edited By: Frank Vizard
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Popular Mechanics Why a Curveball Curves: New & Improved Edition: The Incredible Science of Sports

Edited By: Frank Vizard
Hearst / 2014 / Paperback

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Discover the fascinating story of the science behind sports! Organized by sport (fourteen, including baseball, basketball, boxing, golf, football, hockey, swimming, and tennis, are included), this book elucidate the reasons why great athletes are great, why mechanics matter, and the reasons why great technique works. Learn about why a rising fastball is an optical illusion for the pitcher, proper hand placement for shooting a basket, the mechanics of a kicker, how helmets evolved across sports, and why the goal of your golf swing should be to retain the potential energy of your club until it's converted into kinetic energy at contact. 225 indexed pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Hearst
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.25 X 7.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1618371223
ISBN-13: 9781618371225

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Publisher's Description

An absorbing and enlightening inside look at sports secrets—now in an updated and expanded edition! What makes an athlete successful? Why do some players excel? In this new, expanded edition, the experts at Popular Mechanics, along with top athletes, coaches, and sports journalists, explore the science behind everything from the perfect curveball and Phelps's kick to gene doping.
 
There's great new coverage on the recent doping scandals that rocked the Tour de France, as well as a new chapter on lacrosse, and the clear, understandable explanations come from people who really love their game. You'll even learn how to bend it like Beckham—or at least how Beckham did it. This book is for both the player and the fan, helping athletes become better prepared and giving enthusiasts a more complete appreciation of the subtle nuances of competition.

Author Bio

Frank Vizard is a sports and technology writer who has worked for Scientific American, Popular Science, and Popular Mechanics, where he wrote many of the magazine's science of sports articles. He lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY.
 
Popular Mechanics inspires, instructs, and influences nine million curious minds that read the magazine every month. The magazine features breakthroughs in the latest innovations in science and technology.

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