How do elite athletes perform such miraculous feats of physical agility? This eye-opening documentary series studies the world of sport through the lens of science, as A-list athletes team up with scientific investigators to conduct studio and field tests that reveal what it takes to make the human body achieve the seemingly impossible. Which sport does the most physical damage to those who play? Which one demands the fastest reaction time? What does the perfect athlete look like? And just how do you bend it like Beckham, anyway?
“Best Of … Part Two”
Sunday April 21
Another look back at some of Sport Science’s most unusual experiments. How did Major League pitcher Randy Johnson manage to hit a seagull in flight – and could it happen again? Softball superstar Jennie Finch attempts to disprove the myth that hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports. And heavyweight boxing champion Chris Byrd tackles one of the oldest myths in sports: does sex before the match affect athletic performance?
Sunday April 28 | 8 am ONLY
You’ll believe in a man can fly — almost. In this episode, Sport Science breaks down the physics of the athlete in flight. Do today’s athletes jump higher and farther than those of past generations, or does it only seem that way? Can a basketball player leap over a car? Can an NFL running back soar farther than Michael Jordan? Can a professional soccer player move as fast as a helicopter? Researchers will put athletes to the test to find out who’s really the highest flyer in the sporting world.