Kinematics – Science of NFL Football

LESTER HOLT, reporting: From big and bulldozing, to small and speedy, NFL running backs come in many shapes and sizes. But to succeed at football, all running backs must excel at kinematics, the branch of classical mechanics that defines how objects move. Dr. TONY SCHMITZ (University of Florida): Because kinematics describes motion, it describes everything […]

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Newton’s First Law of Motion – Science of NFL Football

LESTER HOLT reporting: Whether it’s a running back breaking through the secondary or a wide receiver on a foot race for the end zone, most offensive players in the NFL have a single goal in mind–to get down-field as far and as fast as possible. ANTONIO FREEMAN (Former NFL Wide Receiver): We’re thinking, wow, I’ve […]

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Science of the Winter Olympics – Slapshot (Hockey)

♪music♪ LESTER HOLT, anchor: One of the most popular team sports at the Winter Olympics is hockey. More than just a physical game, for scientists like The Exploratorium’s Thomas Humphrey, a physicist funded by the National Science Foundation, hockey is a showcase for physics on ice–especially when it comes to hockey’s hardest shot: the slap […]

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Nutrition, Hydration & Health – Science of NFL Football

LESTER HOLT, reporting: NFL football players are known for their grit, tenacity, and hard knocks. But one of their toughest physical challenges comes at training camp, with its twice-daily practices, known as “two-a-days.” ORLANDO PACE (Former NFL Tackle): Two-a-days, man, it is rough, you know, because it’s 100-degree temperature, you’re hitting twice-a-day in practice. HOLT: […]

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Newton’s Third Law of Motion – Science of NFL Football

LESTER HOLT, reporting: Whether it’s a lineman stuffing a running back or a safety colliding with a wide receiver, all NFL defenders have a single-minded goal–to stop the ball carrier. HARDY NICKERSON (Former NFL Player): The object of making a tackle is you want to get the guy down and limit the amount of yards […]

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