The Science of Football

The Science of Football

In this segment, NBC's Lester Holt looks at the role vectors play every time an NFL quarterback throws a pass.

Just in time for the start of the football season, scientists and sports stars are taking to the field with a 10-part video series that explains the physics and biology behind football.  Several sports stars play starring roles in the videos, including Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, Dolphins place kicker Dan Carpenter and former Saints running back Deuce McAllister. “When we can energize our students to learn through physical fitness and sports, it’s win-win for everyone,” McAllister said.

The scientists explaining the principles behind the game include physicists and engineers, a mathematician and a nutritionist. A high-speed Phantom camera captures the athletes’ movements at up to 2,000 frames per second to show Newton’s Laws of Motion at work. Each video has some lesson plans to via Lessonopoly.  Are you ready for some football physics….

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