Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Sports Technology

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Sports Technology

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Sports Technology

By Stewart Ross

$34.25. 48 pp. Black Rabbit Books, Mankato, MN. 2011.

ISBN: 9781599205342.

The hardbound, short (46 pages including glossary and index) New Technology series, designed for 8th-grade (or stronger) readers, raises student interest in science and technology with writing that is compelling, accurate, and clear and with color photos and diagrams that are supportive and engaging.

Sports Technology explains that we're in a second sports revolution, not based on professional athletes and trainers but on technology used in equipment, facilities, judging and recording devices, and training. New equipment includes modified golf balls and clubs, soccer balls, tennis balls, hockey sticks, tennis rackets, baseball bats, shoes, race cars, bikes, and uniforms. Tracks use surfaces made of complex mixtures of polyurethane and rubber; swimming pools are designed to reduce turbulence between lanes.

Instant replay is used in tennis, football, and basketball to check judgment calls made by referees. Technology also aides recording of competition results with swimming platforms or starting blocks that register false starts and touch pads or high-speed photography to record finish times. …

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