Performance

Could using lighter-weight balls in practice be a safer way to speed up a pitcher's arm -- and the ball?
Marcus Woo, Contributor
Racing later this year could influence which horses will be at their best -- and their chances of winning.
Brian Owens, Contributor
Are you overconsuming caffeine in the form of energy drinks?
Chris Gorski, Editor
Pain, gastrointestinal distress, blisters, chafing, mental fatigue and dehydration. Extreme challenges to a tough sport.
Chris Gorski, Editor
Researchers found that when we fall from different heights, our bodies move differently to absorb the impact.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
New research finds that shot type, referees and scorekeepers matter -- and that taking more 3-point shots shrinks it.
Marcus Woo, Contributor
Endurance exercise favors the growth of some gut bacteria, which might provide athletes with an extra boost.
Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Contributor
A short conversation with circadian rhythms researcher Ravi Allada
Chris Gorski, Editor
Drivers’ bodies overheat, their hearts race, and they face extreme G-forces.
Chris Gorski, Editor
How well future pros sprint, jump and lift weights at the NFL Scouting Combine may tell us only a little bit about their career success.
Marcus Woo, Contributor
Performing artists sometimes need the same injury prevention and treatment as athletes.
Chris Gorski, Editor
Research suggests most North American college and professional hockey players don't specialize as youngsters.
Brian Owens, Contributor