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Several graduated cylinders of various thickness and heights with white side markings in front of a large beaker. They are all filled about halfway with red or blue chemical compounds. The blue ink is showing signs of Brownian motion when dissolving into water.

Searching for Hard Science in Sport

As much as we want it to be, athletics is not a “hard” science. The truth: unequivocally, sport falls within the realm of “soft” sciences. No experiment demonstrates this better than the US Olympic Track & Field trials, which I was pirvileged to coach at and witness this month.

BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 30:  Gold medalist Ashton Eaton of the United States poses on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's Decathlon during day nine of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 30, 2015 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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