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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.

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New research reveals how much ads for a toenail fungus medication helped boost sales.

Chris Gorski, Editor

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A conversation with Kathleen Bachynski, the author of a new history of youth tackle football.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Are you overconsuming caffeine in the form of energy drinks?

Chris Gorski, Editor

Panel of experts says there is not enough evidence to give solid recommendations on many youth sports safety issues.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Pain, gastrointestinal distress, blisters, chafing, mental fatigue and dehydration. Extreme challenges to a tough sport.

Chris Gorski, Editor

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New research finds that shot type, referees and scorekeepers matter -- and that taking more 3-point shots shrinks it.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

Most adults aren't well hydrated, but how much water should we drink per day?

Sofie Bates, Contributor

Baseball fans are quick to think the player is safe, but they're often wrong.

Sofie Bates, Contributor

When it comes to scoring a goal, soccer ball design is crucial to a player's success.

Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Contributor

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