the best science on the web about
football

Science of NFL Football
Image: NSF/National Football League

Science of NFL Football

Math and science might not spring to mind when you head out to the stadium or tune in to the Super Bowl. Yet both are behind every throw, tackle, and touchdown.

Discover how geometry determines the accuracy of a pass and the fastest path across the football field. See the role Newton's laws of motion play in who wins the game. And check out the medical science behind training camp.

NSF & National Football League
Loading...
Scientist Profile: Game Designer

Scientist Profile: Game Designer

Meet Xbox game designer David Ortiz, who works with coaches and players in the NFL to turn game day plays into life-like computer animation. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
Are You Smarter than an NFL Quarterback?

Are You Smarter than an NFL Quarterback?

For years, the National Football League has given rookies an aptitude test. Now you can test your abilities against great players like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. More...

Interactive
Christian Science Monitor
Physics of Football: Momentum

Physics of Football: Momentum

The size of the players isn't the only factor in tackling. See the role momentum plays in this video starring Mississippi State University athletes. More...

Video
Mississippi State Athletics
The Autopsy that Changed Football

The Autopsy that Changed Football

Dr. Omalu made a startling discovery in 2002: Playing football could cause permanent brain damage. See what he learned about the link between football and CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy. More...

Profile
Frontline/PBS
How It’s Made: Football Helmets

How It’s Made: Football Helmets

Plastics are used a lot in sports. Watch this video to see how plastic pellets are crafted into football helmets. More...

Video
Science Channel
Physics of Football: Inertia and Stationary Objects

Physics of Football: Inertia and Stationary Objects

You've got to really trust your knowledge of inertia to do what this physics teacher did, with the help of a football player, a cinder block, and a sledgehammer. More...

Video
Mississippi State University
Seattle Fans Generate Seismic Activity

Seattle Fans Generate Seismic Activity

Excited football fans can create seismic waves. Seriously. Find out what caused the biggest rumble in the game that sent the Seattle Seahawks to the 2015 Super Bowl. More...

Article
ESPN
The Number Line: Rational Numbers and Football

The Number Line: Rational Numbers and Football

Head to the football field to give your negative and positive integer skills a workout with this interactive. More...

Interactive
Kentucky Educational TV
Football Field Goals: Going the Distance

Football Field Goals: Going the Distance

Field goals are tricky. Some kicks soar through the goal posts. Others just, well, don't. Grab a football and figure out why with this hands-on activity. More...

Activity
Science Buddies
Surviving Hard Hits

Surviving Hard Hits

Engineers have developed a new putty-like material that creates protective gear that protect better than traditional padding. Find out more. More...

Article
ScienceDaily
The Brutal Physics of Football

The Brutal Physics of Football

Does it surprise you to learn that football underwent sweeping changes more than 100 years ago to make it safer? Get the details and take a look at the creation of the "forward pass." More...

Article
Big Think
What Gives Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco His Mutant-Like Arm?

What Gives Ravens Quarterback Joe Flacco His Mutant-Like Arm?

The 2013 MVP's "monster throw" doesn't come easy. Investigate the forward football toss — called "the most complex motor skill in all of sports" — and Flacco's unique form. More...

Article
Popular Science

Latest Comments

You Also Might Like

  1. roller coasters

    roller coasters

  2. mechanical advantage

    mechanical advantage

  3. terminal velocity

    terminal velocity

  4. surfing

    surfing

  5. cooking chemistry

    cooking chemistry