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.

A phone app might help diagnose a concussion on many sports fields.
Inside Science Contributor
A proposal intended to limit the length of drives by reducing the maximum club length from 48 inches to 46 inches has drawn criticism from professional players.
Peter Gwynne, Contributor
A physicist explains the science behind a tight spiral pass down the field.
Inside Science Contributor
People who watch hockey use context to follow the small, fast-moving puck.
Joshua Learn, Contributor
Anatomy and biomechanics raise questions about whether strictly enforcing the game's rules could increase the risk of injuries.
Chris Gorski, Editor
It may be time for at least one of the sports to leave trees behind and move to a material that's technically a grass.
Brian Owens, Contributor
A recent rule change has given golfers a conundrum and a new analysis reveals how complicated the decision is.
Peter Gwynne, Contributor
New study boosts the promise of one day being able to diagnose concussions quickly and easily on the sidelines.
Chris Gorski, Editor
Could using lighter-weight balls in practice be a safer way to speed up a pitcher's arm -- and the ball?
Marcus Woo, Contributor
A conversation with baseball writer Keith Law.
Chris Gorski, Editor
Racing later this year could influence which horses will be at their best -- and their chances of winning.
Brian Owens, Contributor
New research reveals how much ads for a toenail fungus medication helped boost sales.
Chris Gorski, Editor