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Spotlight on Sports:
Exploring Science in the Games We Play

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Science, Technology and Business Division
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SCOPE:

This guide lists print materials which examine scientific principles related to professional sports. It details activities parents and teachers can use to explore these concepts with children. Materials are for middle school students or casual readers. This guide is a companion to The Physics of Fun: The Science of Sport.

Davis, Susan E., and Sally Stephens, with the Exploratorium. The sporting life. New York, H. Holt, c1997. 154 p.
   QC28.S74 1997 FT MEADE

Fitzhugh, Karla. Steroids. Chicago, Heinemann Library, c2005. 54 p.
   RC1230.F586 2005 FT MEADE

Gigliotti, Jim. STEM in sports: science. Broomall, PA, Mason Crest, 2015.
64 p.
   GV558.G54 2015 / FLM 2015 070803

Goldsmith, Connie. Traumatic brain injury: from concussion to coma. Minneapolis, MN, Twenty-First Century Books, 2014. 88 p.
   RD594.G64 2014 / FLS 2014 002085

Hudson, Maryann. Concussions in sports. Minneapolis, MN, ABDO Publishing Company, 2014. 64 p.
   RD97.H828 2014 / FLM 2014 039719

Newcomb, Tim. STEM in sports: engineering. Broomall, PA, Mason Crest, 2015. 64 p.
   GV558.N474 2015 / FLM 2015 070804

Photo of a young girl lining up a pool shot.
Jean Balukas lines one up in Grand Central Station
Prints & Photographs Division,
Library of Congress

Photo of a young boy trying to kick a football.
A High Kick
Prints & Photographs Division,
Library of Congress

Photo of three children playing golf with clubs made of sticks.
Golferinos
Prints & Photographs Division,
Library of Congress

Sheely, Robert, and Louis Bourgeois. Sports lab: how science has changed sports. New York, Silver Moon Press, c1994. 56 p.
   GV558.S54 1994 / FLM 2015 144690

Solway, Andrew. Sports science. Chicago, Heinemann Library, c2009. 56 p.
    GV558.S63 2009

Stille, Darlene R. The science of gym class: more than just dodgeball and sweatpants. Mankato, MN, Compass Point Books, c2012. 64 p.
   GV558.S75 2012 / FLM 2015 112887

The Science behind sports series

Abramovitz, Melissa. Volleyball. Detroit, Lucent Books, 2013. 128 p.
   GV1015.34.A37 2013 / FLM 2014 158142

Allman, Toney. Equestrian Detroit, Lucent Books, c2014. 112 p.
   SF309.2.A55 2014 / FLM 2014 024188

Brownell, Richard. Wrestling. Farmington Hills, MI, Lucent Books, 2014. 104 p.
    GV1195.3.B76 2014 / FLM 2014 148092

Craig, Lizabeth. Skateboarding. Farmington Hills, MI, Lucent Books, 2014. 112 p.
   GV859.8.C74 2014 / FLM 2015 032127

Hardman, Lizabeth. Swimming. Detroit, Lucent Books, c2011. 104 p.
   GV837.H357 2011

MacKay, Jenny. Figure skating. Detroit, Lucent Books, c2012. 104 p.
   GV850.4.M32 2012

MacKay, Jenny. Taekwondo. Farmington Hills, MI, Lucent Books, 2014. 112 p.
   GV1114.9.M34 2014 / FLM 2014 115551

MacKay, Jenny. Track and field. Detroit, Lucent Books, c2012.; 104 p.
   GV1060.55.M24 2012 / FLM 2015 129913

Schwartz, Heather E. Cheerleading. Detroit, Lucent Books, c2012. 104 p.
   LB3635.S38 2012

Schwartz, Heather E. Gymnastics. Detroit, Lucent Books, c2011. 96 p.
   GV461.S418 2011 / FLM 2015 107523

Schwartz, Heather E. Snowboarding. Detroit, Lucent Books, c2011. 104 p.
   GV857.S57S347 2011 / FLM 2015 079300

Sheen, Barbara. Yoga. Farmington Hills, MI, Lucent Books, 2015. 104 p.
   RA781.7.S4467 2015 / FLM 2015 099609

Hands-on Activities

Bonnet, Robert L., and Dan Keen. Home run! science projects with baseball and softball. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, Inc., c2010. 104 p.
   QC26.B65 2010

Gardner, Robert. The physics of sports science projects. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2013. 128 p.
   QC73.4.G375 2013 / FLM 2013 031929

Gardner, Robert, and Dennis Shortelle. Slam dunk! science projects with basketball. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2010. 104 p.
   QC25.G374 2010

Goodstein, Madeline P. Wheels! science projects with bicycles, skateboards, and skates. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2010. 104 p.
   QC25.G658 2010

Goodstein, Madeline P., Robert Gardner, and Barbara Gardner Conklin. Ace your sports science project: great science fair ideas. Berkeley Heights, NJ, Enslow Publishers, c2009. 128 p.
   QC33.G66 2009

Mercer, Bobby. The leaping, sliding, sprinting, riding science book: 50 super sports science activities. New York, Lark Books, c2006. 80 p.
   GV558.M47 2006

Tomecek, Stephen M. Sports. New York, Chelsea House, 2010. 160 p.
   GV558.T66 2010

Compiled by Sean Bryant,
December 2015

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