Find out the answer to all the questions you've ever had about the Olympics in this fascinating book about the science of sport, from the bestselling author of Why is Snot Green?
Are Olympic athletes born stronger and faster than the rest of us?
Why do tennis rackets have strings?
How do gymnasts balance on their hands?
Why do hurdlers do the splits when they jump?
From running a marathon, to beating your friends at basketball, to being the bendiest gymnast around, find out everything you ever wanted to know about sports and games, and exactly what it is that makes athletes the best at what they do.
Divided into five easy-to-digest sections and packed with illustrations, Glenn Murphy's Olympic Sport is an accessible introduction to the science of sport, perfect for any young atheles and scientists.
- Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger
- In the Olympic Stadium
- Going the Distance
- He Shoots . . . He Scores!
- Balance, Flexibility and Control