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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 women's tennis the only sport which is shorter than men?

Women's soccer is played for 2 halves at 45 minutes with 15 minute break in between, just like men https://yoursoccerhome.com/how-long-is-a-womens-soccer-game/ Yet, men have to play best of 5 sets in ...
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In what individual sports, are men and women performances differences the lowest? [duplicate]

I guess the differences are high in sports requiring a lot of muscles like running or swimming. But I wanted to know the sports in which men's score or time is very close to women's. Maybe there are ...
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How to attempt a quarter pipe at an obstacle course?

Twice in my life I ran an obstacle course (the shortest distance available) and twice I was completely helpless at the quarter pipe. I wasn’t able to convince myself to try even once, the quarter pipe ...
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Why combine stats, especially the 40-yard dash, relevant and referred to years after the draft?

Many commentators refer to a player's 40-yard dash time to make a point of how fast a player is. This is admittedly relevant by the time of the draft but not so much afterwards, one would think. Many ...
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Is statement "PEDs compensate the genetic disadvantages" valid?

I heard the hypothesis that PEDs (Performance Enhancing Drugs) compensate for genetic disadvantages in athletes, thus the PEDs make the sport more "fair". I do not really care about the philosophic ...
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Can the body be trained to perform best at unusual times of day?

It's known that athletes perform best at certain times of day - most studies suggest that late afternoon / early evening seems to be the best time for peak performance. See this link for an article ...
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(un)restricted free agency in NHL

I am trying to understand free agency rules in NHL, how the last two lockouts changed them, and how players may decide to behave with respect to them. My understanding is that after the 2004-5 ...
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Is there a significant difference between a 16x18 and a 16x19 tennis racket string pattern on performance?

A difference of one string, yet the 16x19 seems significantly more popular than the 16x18. Is there a significant difference between these rackets performance-wise?
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Influence of water temperature on swimmer performance

What is the optimal water temperature for a swimmer performance? Are there records of swimmer performance vs. water temperature? I'm not a swimmer but in general I would like to understand if there is ...
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Soccer conditioning at older age to prevent injury?

I played soccer from grade school through high school, but am now 31 years old and haven't played since then, nor been very active at all. Recently I decided to join an indoor soccer team and was ...
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Adolescent basketball strength training [closed]

I am a 13-year-old boy who would like to improve his basketball performance using strength training. I am 5' 5" and 110 lbs. What are some exercises or workouts I can do safely to improve my biceps, ...
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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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Do football teams have to do their best to win?

Consider this scenario: The top two teams in the Premier League are playing their last match of the season, and either team can win the league if they win their match and the other team doesn't. Do ...
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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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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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How do you compare the performance of wicket keepers?

Given two wicket keepers, how would you compare which one was better? With bowlers you can use statistics like number of wickets taken and with batsmen, you can use number of runs scored but with ...
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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 chassis ...
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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 [closed]

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 me ...
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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 pre-...
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How do you 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 ...
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How do different skate wheel setups affect performance?

I've seen inline skates (for speed skating mostly) in a wide variety of set-ups w/r/t wheel diameter: OOOO: 4x100; 4x110 (typical) OOO: 3x110 (a Powerslide model) OOoO: 3x100+1x90; 3x110+1x100 (again ...
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