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.
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.