Sport Science (TV series)

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This article is about the FSN television show. For the scientific study, see Sports science.
Sport Science
Directed by John Brenkus
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 24 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) David Leepson
John Brenkus
Broadcast
Original channel ESPN (series 3), FSN (series 1–2)
Original run September 30, 2007 (2007-09-30) – October 20, 2009 (2009-10-20)
External links
Website
John Brenkus, the Host of Sport Science, in May 2010.

Sport Science is an ongoing television series that explores the science and engineering underlying athletic endeavors. Originally filmed as a 12-part series that was broadcast on FSN from September 9, 2007, to April 20, 2008 (Series 1), the second series (2009) also appeared on FSN. Series 3 (2010) was picked up by ESPN. ESPN, who has changed the name of the series to SportScience, has yet to air new episodes. Instead, the network has chosen to air various SportScience vignettes during programs such as SportsCenter. Sport Science is a spinoff of its predecessor Fight Science on National Geographic.[1]

The series is filmed inside a Los Angeles airport hangar or on location using a mobile laboratory. Each episode on series 1 focused on testing certain aspects of athletics (such as human flight and reaction time), while series 2 either poses more questions from previous episodes, or tries to re-analyze sporting moments or trials and tribulations, puts a human against animals or machines, or even checking against other sports or challenging the odds with data gathered using motion sensors and accelerometers. Professional athletes are featured prominently and are used to test the limits of the human body. In addition, host John Brenkus also participated in cases where an "average Joe" was required.

The Lead Engineer throughout the Sport Science series has been Dr. Cynthia Bir, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Using methods that have been developed to understand human injury biomechanics, and developing new techniques to address the unique challenges found when studying live volunteers in high impact and high speed activities, Dr. Bir helps viewers to understand the forces (internal and external) sustained and generated by the body during high level athletic activities.

Sport Science was nominated for 4 Sports Emmy Awards in 2008 for Series 1,[2] winning for Outstanding Graphic Design.[3] Series 2 received even more accolades in 2009, being nominated for 5 Emmys [4] and receiving 2 awards - again for Outstanding Graphic Design and also for Outstanding New Approaches in Sports Programming.[5]

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