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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.

An attempt to run the fastest ever backward marathon highlights how wrong-way locomotion could assist in rehabilitation and athletic training.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

When it comes to reducing ankle injuries, high-tops aren't as important as you might think.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

If the NCAA tournament selection committee focused on the most recent games, it might make seeding more accurate, researchers found.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Researchers took a detailed look at 17 years of training records for Norway's Marit Bjørgen.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Plastic tracks could reduce the cost of Olympic “sliding” events and make the sports more environmentally friendly and accessible.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

Two small clinical studies show brain changes among young football players with a history of concussion and exposure to high-impact hits.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

Professional baseball pitchers who return after "Tommy John" surgery have similar career lengths and retirement reasons as other pitchers.

Chris Gorski, Editor

The goals of a major push for football helmet safety should bring improvements, but the overall results remain unpredictable.

Chris Gorski, Editor

How new and improved sports protection equipment could help in concussion prevention.

Jason Socrates Bardi, Editor

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