Science and Math in Sports

This week I've seen a few really interesting links about math and science in sports.  As you watch these videos, listen for  the talk about energy transfer, percentages, velocity, launch angle, spin rate, muscle memory, statistics,

This video, Math in Rock Climbing from Emory Universtiy is embedded here for the ISOCS kids who go wall climbing in Roth:
"What's it like to fall 40 feet down a sheer cliff face, while dangling from a rope hundreds of feet from the ground? Emory mathematician Skip Garibaldi describes his rock climbing experiences on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He also explains some basic climbing math, such as the fall factor, used to reduce the risk of injury during a rope climb."

This video analyses American football passes by Drew Brees:

This video analyses the speed and timing of a soccer goal kick, and hitting a baseball.

If you're interested in the science of sport, you should look at this web page from the Exploratorium in San Francisco.