New research finds that world-class sprinters attack the ground to maximize impact forces and speed
The world's fastest sprinters have unique gait features that account for their ability to achieve fast speeds, according to two new studies from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
Cheetah's acceleration, not speed, power key to their success
Everyone knows cheetahs are blazingly fast. Now new research illustrates how their acceleration and nimble zigzagging leave other animals in the dust and scientists in awe.
Anatomy determines how lizards attract partners and repel rivals
(Phys.org) —Catching the attention of female lizards in a darkened rainforest amid a blur of windblown vegetation is no easy task.
For speediest athletes, it's all in the center of gravity
In the record books, the swiftest sprinters tend to be of West African ancestry and the faster swimmers tend to be white.
Human running speed of 35-40 mph may be biologically possible
(PhysOrg.com) -- Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt's record-setting performances have unleashed a wave of interest in the ultimate limits to human running speed. A new study published Jan. 21 in the Journal of ...
Longer toes eyed as sprinters' edge
(PhysOrg.com) -- Longer toes may give sprinters a leg up on other runners, according to a new study.
Short heels make elite sprinters super speedy
What is it about elite sprinters that gives them the edge over non-sprinters in the 100m dash? Stephen Piazza from the Pennsylvania State University publishes his discovery, in The Journal of Experimental Bi ...
The science of running: Follow the bouncing ball (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) -- Muscle size, genetics and training are among the countless factors that separate Olympic sprinters from the average person. On a fundamental level, however, the mechanics of running are the same for all humans. ...
How Usain Bolt can run faster -- effortlessly
Usain Bolt can achieve faster running times with no extra effort on his part or improvement to his fitness, according to a study published today in Significance, the magazine of the Royal Statistical Society and the Americ ...
False starts can sneak by in women's sprinting
Olympic timing procedures don't accurately detect false starts by female sprinters, according to a new analysis by University of Michigan researchers.
Study finds variations in one gene may be associated with endurance running
A few minor variations in one gene may make a difference in athletic endurance, according to a new study from Physiological Genomics.
Family trees could pin down why racehorses are getting faster
Scientists have confirmed a pattern that many inveterate racing fans may have suspected for years: British horses are getting faster. But whether that is down to breeding techniques or other factors is less c ...
How to win a Tour de France sprint
The final dash to the line in a Tour de France sprint finish may appear to the bystander to be a mess of bodies trying to cram into the width of a road, but there is a high degree of strategy involved. It ...
Incy wincy spider?
Whether it's two lions fighting over a pride or two butterflies fighting over a sunny spot, decades of nature shows have led the average watcher to conclude that bigger, stronger males win competitions.