SciCafe: The Science Behind Football

January 7, 2015

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Scientist and author, Ainissa Ramirez, explores the science behind one of America’s favorite games, football. With a clear-eyed empirical approach—and an exuberant affection for the game—Ramirez will address topics that have long beguiled scientists and football fans alike, touching on such topics as why woodpeckers don't get concussions, to how the risk-aversion of primates is link to human-decision making in coaches. Attendees will learn how Vince Lombardi was a game theorist as well as how the facemask made the game more dangerous. 

This SciCafe event occurred on January 7, 2015. Hear the full program in this podcast



Listen to Ainissa's Story Collider tale of how she went from football newbie to writing a football book. 

Her radio interview offers surprising ideas on protecting football players.

Huffington Post articles on Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Concussions? And, Are There Genetic Markers for Concussions?  

A talk at the MIT Sports Analytics Conference on Newton’s Football: The Stealthy Science of the NFL

An educational approach to  Using Football Science to Tackle STEM Education for Edutopia

She also has fun kid videos on the physics behind the prolate spheroid (i.e. football) and the helmet.


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