makes an athlete?
Are they born as record breakers?
In sports making it to the top requires hard work and dedication at
many levels. There is no one thing that will make you a great athlete.
It is a combination of many factors that make a great athlete! Being
fit, eating right, having talent, and a desire to succeed are some of
the factors involved in being a great athlete. And yes even Science!
Ride your bike, play ball, go roller blading, take a hike. The possibilities
are endless. Besides making you into a great athlete, exercise is good
for you! Exercise makes us healthy by increasing our strength, endurance
and flexibility. Which, in turn, increases the blood flow throughout
your body. By exercising you make your heart, lungs, and body stronger
and healthier. All very important components of becoming a great athlete!
For your body to be strong and healthy you need to eat right! One way
to do this is to eat a variety of foods from all the food groups! According
to the Food Pyramid you should eat
6-11 servings of breads, cereals, rice, pasta, 2-3 servings of vegetables,
2-3 servings of fruits, 2-3 servings from the milk group, 2-3 servings
from the meat group and you should go easy on the foods from the fats,
oils, and sweets group! A healthy body helps make a great athlete!
Sure it takes talent to be a great athlete! But that talent is usually
backed by years of practice. Great athletes are not created overnight!
You have to practice, practice and practice some more. Persistence is
the key! The desire to succeed comes from having a healthy mind, body
So how does science relate to sports? What about throwing a football?
Throwing a football relies on velocity (speed), mechanics (how things
move) force (energy applied to an object) and the list goes on and on!
Check out the scientific principles behind many sports related activities
at Sport Science.
Science is also involved in
the prevention and treatment of injuries related to sports. Athletic
trainers, coaches and physical therapists train athletes on how to exercise
safely to prevent injuries based upon research on how the body moves
and heals. If you do get injured playing sports, science will come to
the rescue in the form of doctors and physical therapists who will treat
your injury and help you rehabilitate so you can get back to playing
your favorite sport! Many sports physicians and physical therapists
study how the body moves this study is also known as biomechanics.
Biomechanics enables scientists
to help athletes jump higher, run faster, dive deeper, and hit harder
by studying how the body works and moves. By using computers, scientists
are then able to determine how an athlete should move to improve his/her
with a little science you can become a better athlete!
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