Sports

Go hard science or go home

In our sports coverage, we focus on physical demands, human performance, statistics, sports medicine, modern equipment and thoughtful analyses of the players, teams and games we love. From baseball to sailing to basketball to golf, from football to tennis to running to obscure sports, we seek the revealing secrets behind these competitions.

Setting up the field for the 'London Series' between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees presents significant technical challenges.
Peter Gwynne, 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
The telltale tau proteins present in the disease known as CTE display distinctive features.
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
Paddleboarding is much more than just exercise.
Chris Gorski, Editor
Data science and machine learning are helping basketball players up their game.
Marcus Woo, Contributor
New study suggests at least one in 10 NFL players could eventually develop the brain disease.
Chris Gorski, Editor
Research suggests most North American college and professional hockey players don't specialize as youngsters.
Brian Owens, Contributor
New safety rules pose challenges for players and officials.
Chris Gorski, Editor