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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.

Skipping regular season games may have little effect on playoff performance and injury prevention.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

In annual speed test, international teams must negotiate the complexities of aerodynamics and airflow.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

Ongoing studies try to quantify the risks and benefits of contact sports.

Rebecca Boyle, Contributor

Scientists utilize fluid dynamics to optimize fins for shredding the gnar.

Olivia Trani, Contributor

Both Tour de France racers and recreational cyclists can improve performance by riding hardest into the wind.

Brian Owens, Contributor

Renowned swimmer discusses the strategies and expert guidance that helped him win 28 Olympic medals.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Findings could lead to a future drug that mimics the health benefits of exercise.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

The Coriolis effect has a small but measurable effect on the path of balls and athletes during sporting events.

Chris Gorski, Editor

The numbers suggest that teams tend to both punt and kick field goals too often.

Chris Gorski, Editor

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