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Sports science and technology

anniss_impact-of-technology-in-sportsAnniss, Matt  The Impact of Technology in Sports
Middle school, high school     56 pp.      Heinemann

Impact of Technology series. This survey takes a positive look at how technology has changed sports. A new understanding of biomechanics and diagnostics has helped athletes, including those with disabilities, improve performance. The accessible text covers advances in training, nutrition, medicine, and equipment. The pages are busy with photos and captions, diagrams, text boxes, sidebars, and “case studies.” Reading list, timeline. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Sports; Technology

chandler_science-of-baseballChandler, Matt  The Science of Baseball: The Top 10 Ways Science Affects the Game
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Capstone

Chandler, Matt  The Science of Hockey: The Top 10 Ways Science Affects the Game
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Capstone

Sports Illustrated Kids: Top 10 Science series. These books present the importance of scientific principles to success in baseball and hockey. Chandler explains how velocity, torque, kinetic energy, mass, friction, momentum, center of gravity, molecules, reflex, and more are related to performance. The books make science relevant and appealing to middle-grade sports fans; color action photos of professional athletes demonstrate the ideas. Reading list. Glos., ind.
Sports—Baseball; Sports—Hockey; Science—Physics and Chemistry

kurtz_what-makes-sports-gear-saferKurtz, Kevin  What Makes Sports Gear Safer?
Gr. 4–6, middle school     32 pp.     Lerner

Engineering Keeps Us Safe series. Thanks to engineering, improved athletic equipment has made sports less dangerous. In well-written, not-overly-technical prose, this book examines the technology used to create items such as performance-enhancing footwear that also prevents injuries and more controllable mountain bikes. Clear diagrams and well-captioned photos complement the informative text. This series could spark interest in STEM careers. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Sports; Engineering; Safety; Technology

mcpherson_doping-in-sportsMcPherson, Stephanie Sammartino  Doping in Sports: Winning at Any Cost?
Middle school, high school
     104 pp.     Twenty-First Century

McPherson examines doping culture in professional and amateur sports, documenting its frequent high-school roots, synthesizing information from secondary sources, and quoting anecdotal comments from players affected in various ways. Students will benefit from the well-written and thorough text (but they may struggle with the sparse graphics and unimaginative design). Occasional color photographs put a human face on the issue. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Sports; Substance Abuse

tardif_sport-o-ramaTardif, Benoit  Sport-o-Rama
Gr. K–3     56 pp.     Kids Can

From badminton to volleyball, this wordbook introduces twenty-three sports with instructive labeling. “Marathon” identifies terms such as “runners,” “start line,” and “bib.” Tardif’s colorful, graphic illustrations also include touches of humor — a golf ball in an alligator’s mouth is an “unplayable ball” — and their stylization gives this elementary sports starter a fresh look. Short descriptions of each sport and a glossary are included.
Subjects: Sports

From the September 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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