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 Physics   |   Science   |   Sports
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Some sports attract tall athletes and some are dominated by athletes with a shorter stature. The study of allometry investigates how strength scales with height. According to science, what are the reasons that certain sports attract tall or short athletes, besides the obvious (basketball nets are easier to reach if you’re taller)?

Creator: Dianna Cowern
Writer: Sophia Chen
Editor: Jabril Ashe
Animator: Kyle Norby

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Copa America/Messi footage: beIN Sports
ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNBz4pc6WNk

Michael Phelps Swim: Olympic Channel
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2alP2ZlmmFA

Gabby Douglas flips: USA Gymnastics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vggVYLD9RjY

‘Simone Biles and David Lee photo credit:
twitter.com/Simone_Biles

Static sports image: IOC
Olympic diver photo: IOC/MINE KASAPOGLU
https://www.olympic.org/photos/rio-2016/diving
Olympic volleyball player photo: IOC/JOHN HUET
https://www.olympic.org/photos/rio-2016/beach-volleyball
Olympic swimmer photo:  IOC/CHRIS FURLONG
https://www.olympic.org/photos/london-2012/swimming
Olympic gymnast photo:  IOC/JASON EVANS
https://www.olympic.org/photos/rio-2016/gymnastics-artistic

Gymnastics Footage: USA Gymnastics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zol8rFCNetQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDRgpML6f8o

Soccer Footage:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGmmF4DSsC8 WNT vs Switz  Source: Fox

Stock Images: Pixabay

Music: APM

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