Snapshot | The Sporting Scientist

Outside of the lab, everything's game

Scientists crave that endorphin rush: 85% of the 312 respondents to our recent survey say they actively participate in sports or athletic activities more than once per month -- 53% get into a sweat more than once per week.

Nearly 30% participate in team sports, with soccer the most popular pick; 29% participate in competitive sports, with tennis the game of choice; and a hearty 82% participate noncompetitively in athletic activities such as running and swimming. The majority, 77%, attend sports matches or watch them on TV; the top three choices are American football, soccer, and basketball.

Our readers get into the act for all types of reasons: to get away from science, feel healthy, be competitive. "Sports are the only means of revival," says one. And more, says another. "I do some of my best, insightful thinking while...

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