Cool Jobs: Sports science

From soccer teams to the balance beam, scientists help athletes perform their best

By Helen Fields, 15:57 PM July 31, 2013

This is one in a series on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics made possible by support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

A teenager wearing a white leotard emblazoned with a big blue star pauses at the end of the balance beam. After 80 seconds of leaps and flips, it’s time to perform one of the hardest parts of her routine: the dismount.

The gymnast reaches her arms high and then takes off running. She cartwheels to the far end of the beam and springs into the air. ...

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