We’ve had more than our share of interesting blog entries here about the intersection of science and sports. Fox Sports Net must have been reading some of them, because this weekend it launches a 13-week series of shows called “Sport Science.” They’ll appear at varying dates and times on the regional carriers of the sports network.
It’s part science, part reality TV and part gym rat habitat. For the show, producers used an airport hangar in southern California as a lab to test the science behind the various amazing feats that happen in various sports.
The action of a 50-yard touchdown pass, a three-point basket shot up under time pressure and a hockey wrist shot, among many other things, were all filmed to be broken down scientifically and explained.
Along with the physics at play in a particular sports activity, athletes performing the actions have their bodies hooked up to monitors to gauge the biological actions taking place inside their body as they exert themselves.
I’ve been trying to click around the net to see when the show will appear in the Twin Cities, and have had no luck. I guess you’ll need to keep your eyes open for promos. Producers of the show also say that they anticipate having episodes of the show ready for DVD distribution somewhere down the line.