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We watch sports, we play sports, and we cheer for our favorite teams. Experts today are uncovering the science of how elite champions are made and why sports fandom is psychologically beneficial for everyone.

 

Becoming An Elite Athlete
Dr. Mark Williams, Professor at the University of Utah and author of the book, How Elite Athletes are Made, speaks about the surprising amount of luck involved in building sports champions. He also explains how his research on elite athletes can be applied by everyday athletes working to improve their skills.

 

Hydration And The Gatorade Sports Patch
Dr. Lindsay Baker, scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, explains the importance of hydration in everyday life and athletics. She describes the Sweat Patch, a technology that can use the sweat on a person’s skin to provide personalized nutrition and hydration needs.

 

Psychology Of Sports Fandom
Dr. Daniel Wann, Professor of Psychology at Murray State University, talks about his research in the psychology of sport fandom and why we become fans. He explains how being a sports fan can improve psychological well-being of the individual, and how sports can impact an entire community.

 


QED with Dr. B

QED with Dr. B, is a fun and informative science series, co-produced by WOSU Public Media and the Center for Science and Industry (COSI), that talks one-on-one with the scientists, engineers and innovators who are redefining how we interact with our world.

Watch the series online or on WOSU TV on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.