Children's Literature - Marilyn CourtotYou may not think of science and sports as being related, but science has changed sports dramatically. At one time most sports equipment was made from natural materials like wood. Now hi-tech and lightweight metals such as titanium are used in golf clubs and plastics in helmetsmany of which are tested for their aerodynamic properties. The book devotes most of its pages to a description of how the body worksmuscles and what it takes to fuel our bodies to arrive at peak performance. One interesting fact is the amount of oxygen a body can hold and how it can increase with training. Readers will learn about the proper foods to eat, what body mass is and what the various food types can do to help or hinder an athlete. There are comments about cheating and the use of steroids. Training is another important component and one really fascinating tidbit relates to a move that a dancer or athlete already knows and when seen how the brain reacts as if it was actually performing the movement. Games like ice hockey use a lot of hi-tech equipment and even the outfits that goalies wear are hi-techfoam pads with leather and nylon to prevent ice from getting inside the protective gear. Computers are used to disqualify athletes who may jump the start and also to determine the winner in a tight race. Colorful photographs appear on each page and text and images are often superimposed. Good readers should have no problem, but those who are not proficient may find the text and layout too difficult to handle. Bolded words are defined in the glossary, which is followed by a page of references to books and websites to learn more. There is an index. Part of the "Science Solves It" series.Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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