Questions about the (physical, mental, emotional) performance of athletes and the performance of equipment in various sports. Most questions using this tag should also be tagged with the specific sport in question.

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Is there strong research that demonstrates the effect of emotion on performance in different types of sports?

Many people discuss the physical toughness and attributes of athletes, while there is also plenty of anecdotal evidence about how 'mental toughness' can impact on the performance, especially under ...
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Unexpected increase in running ability

At my school, I participate in an annual 1.6km "Fall Classic" run. In my first year, I landed a rough 42nd with 5m 48s. But in my second year, I jumped up to a 25th (5m 16s), despite my sedentary ...
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Why women wear underwear and bra in athletics in olympics [closed]

I don't think that wearing full pants or covering your body during any sports might effect your game. Even men use to wear enough coverable clothes in all the sports including athletics. But why do ...
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Does being good at table-tennis help when playing tennis

I'm a sport fan, playing ( at amateur level ) numerous sports. 10 years ago, I was quite good at playing table-tennis, participated in several amateur competitions. Even now I often play with my ...
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Does football (soccer) require more calories than running?

Michael Bradley of the US team leads all athletes in "distance covered" during the group stage of the 2014 World Cup with 38 km (23.6 mi) in 270 minutes of play. That's about 8 mi per game (90 min), ...
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Effects of altitude on athletic performance

It is well known that the performance of athletes who suddenly move to a location at a higher altitude than they are used to will suffer; when sports events such as the Olympics are held in a high ...
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Does a carbon fiber seat help karting performance and protect ribs?

I found a karting seat that is made from carbon-fiber here: http://www.ribtect.com/RibtectSeat_Original.html On that page, it claims: To Improve Performance: The Ribtect seat helps the ...
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Keeping your focus/calm during a game

I'm a badminton player, not a very good one though (D-C2 level). Currently I'm having mostly temper-related issues on progressing in my game/winning matches (both friendly and competitive). I'm just ...
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How can I be consistent in Snooker?

I've been playing Snooker for more than 4 months. Sometimes I can pull some decent performance off, other times I find myself struggling even with the simplest shots. It is like one day I can see ...
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Front crawl training

I am a hobby swimmer. I train each day, swimming front crawl with the following regime: 500 meters using just my legs 500 meters using just my arms 500 meters using both legs and arms. It takes ...
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Importance of a pre-shot routine

Before shots in golf and before free-throws in basketball, I notice players have a distinctive series of actions before setting up to hit the golf ball/shoot the free throw. A few examples of ...
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How to make 100 free throws in a row

One day during shooting I thought about how many consecutive free throws I could make. It ended in a bet (mainly with myself) that I could do 100 in a row by the end of the season. Working on that ...
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Benefits of rangefinders in golf

While I'm on the course, if I'm not on the tee or close to the green, I seek yard markers or stakes and estimate (by roughly stepping off or eyeing-out) how many yards I have for a given shot. For ...
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Use of PED's by players who are not currently under contract or are recovering in the off-season

Does Major League Baseball restrict former MLB players who are not under contract from using legally perscribed PED's prior to coming back to play for a team? Are there restrictions on MLB players ...
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Why do swimmers peak at such a young age?

Why do swimmers reach their peak performance at a relatively young age compared with track and field athletes? Particularly female swimmers seem to produce their best results in their late teens to ...
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Benefits of compression apparel

Compression apparel seems to be very popular with athletes. Brands like Under Armour and Nike show athletes in different sports wearing their apparel. Personally, I wear compression apparel when I'm ...