But more visibility and funding are needed if their esoteric studies are to have impact beyond the playing field
Like many sports scientists, David Lamb came to his profession by way of an interest in athletics. "I wanted to be a coach, but my [physical education] student teaching was one of the stereotypical worst experiences. So I decided to go back to school."

It was there, at Michigan State University, says Lamb--now a professor of preventive medicine and health at Ohio State University in Columbus--that "a charismatic professor convinced me we could save the world by studying exercise physiology."

To the public, and even to many scientists, the term "sports science" has everything to do with sports, and very little to do with science. But those involved in the burgeoning discipline--a self-designated group of researchers whose specialties range from biomechanics and neurology to psychology and sociology--say that's a limited perspective....

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