The science behind sports

The science behind sports

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Do you ever wonder what makes a pro-athlete be able to perform so well at a certain sport? Other than sheer talent, there's a lot of science behind the way our bodies perform while we're running or shooting a basket.

A new 'Sports Arena' exhibit at the Great Lakes Science Center is allowing guests to learn the science behind sports.

You can walk on a balance beam and learn why your nose is so important to maintaining your balance. Dante Centuori of the Science Center says using your nose as your reference point to keep you centered, helps you maintain balance. He says your sight, nerve impulses from your inner ear and sensations from muscles, tendons and joints all play a role.

There are virtual reality games too, that allow you to challenge your favorite athlete while playing a certain sport. You can race an Olympic Sprinter like Jackie Joyner Kersey, a cheetah or a dinosaur in a ten meter dash.  You can also test your pitching skills in the baseball section of the exhibit.

The CEO of the Great Lakes Science Center Kirsten Ellenbogen says the exhibit has been among the most popular so far for families.

"We've seen families running, jumping, staying in this exhibit so long. It's rare to come to a museum and get to move your body like you can at Sports Arena. This is a fully-involved exhibit," Ellenbogen says.

The 'Sports Arena' exhibit runs through September 5th. It is included with general admission at the science center.

General admission is $15.00 for adults, $12.00 for kids 2-12 years old.

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