Field Study is the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's podcast about the intersection of science, sports and society. Each episode looks at how science and technology affect the way we play and live.
info_outline Sled hockey has a home in Pittsburgh, but how accessible is it? 02/19/2020
Sled hockey has a home in Pittsburgh, but how accessible is it? Sled hockey programs have empowered disabled athletes around the world, and the sport is expanding faster than ever. But the same cost issues plaguing traditional hockey may be cause for concern. Mackenzie Rodrigues looks at the adaptive sport's impact on Western Pennsylvania and how some of its advocates are working to make it accessible to all.
info_outline Colleges want esports recruits. But do they want the responsibility? 02/12/2020
Colleges want esports recruits. But do they want the responsibility? Many people may not consider esports a particularly dangerous sport, but esport players are vulnerable to serious health risks unique to their sport. There’s a lack of research into how colleges backing the teams can protect and train these athletes. Who is looking out for the young players coming up through a culture notorious for unhealthy habits?
info_outline Can the big leagues tackle big tech? 02/05/2020
Can the big leagues tackle big tech? While wearable technology and performance tracking have fundamentally changed sports betting and coaching, regulation of the industry has not kept up. Privacy experts are worried that players’ rights are at risk, and the topic has become a key question as Major League Baseball negotiates its next collective bargaining agreement.
info_outline Can Western Pa. football survive concussion misinformation? 01/29/2020
Can Western Pa. football survive concussion misinformation? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Bill Brink set out to see whether research into head injuries has affected youth football participation in Western Pennsylvania, which has seen some decline in recent years. What he learned was that many people don’t even fully understand how to identify severe injuries when they happen. How are coaches, leagues and parents protecting the kids risking their bodies on each and every play?
info_outline Trailer: Field Study season 2 01/22/2020
Trailer: Field Study season 2 Get ready for season 2 of "Field Study," a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette podcast about the intersection of science, sports and society. Each episode looks at how scientific discoveries or fields of inquiry affect the way we play and live. These stories will lend context to stat sheets, an approachable lens to lab reports and some lessons about the people behind both.
info_outline Bonus Episode: Breaking Baseballs 05/22/2019
Bonus Episode: Breaking Baseballs In this bonus episode, Matt Moret interviews Dr. Meredith Wills, a sports data scientist who has spent the last several years tearing MLB baseballs to shreds. Dr. Wills has researched how changes to baseball manufacturing are affecting home run rates and pitch control. For the season finale of Field Study, Moret and Dr. Wills discuss her discoveries.
info_outline Caster Semenya's Marathon 05/15/2019
Caster Semenya's Marathon What metric should decide whether women can compete against other women? South African Olympic star Caster Semenya has a rare condition called "hyperandrogenism," which causes her body to produce high levels of testosterone. Post-Gazette reporter Lacretia Wimbley breaks down the science behind hyperandrogenism and the battle around Semenya's career.
info_outline Baseballs Loaded 05/08/2019
Baseballs Loaded Most of baseball isn't uniform. But for the first time in its 116 year history, Major League Baseball may soon standardize the storage of its teams' baseballs. In this episode of "Field Study," host and producer Matt Moret examines the science driving some teams to reconsider everything from equipment storage to player evaluation.
info_outline Inside the NFL's AI Race 04/24/2019
Inside the NFL's AI Race The NFL has gotten tech savvy, even using artificial intelligence to predict player injuries or coaching decisions. But will this fundamentally change the game? In this episode of "Field Study," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette technology reporter Courtney Linder examines the potential future of football.
info_outline More Than A Bad Dream 04/15/2019
More Than A Bad Dream In the first episode of "Field Study," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette enterprise reporter Stephen Nesbitt explores the growing world of sleep science. Many professional athletes regularly travel around the world to compete, but long travel times and jet lag can prove disastrous once they hit the field. Teams across major sports leagues are addressing this problem through a combination of tech and education, but just how effective are these efforts?
info_outline Trailer: Field Study, where science intercepts sports 04/09/2019
Trailer: Field Study, where science intercepts sports "Field Study" is a podcast about the intersection of science, sports and society. Each episode looks at how scientific discoveries or fields of inquiry affect the way we play and live. Some installments start with a question tied to how athletes and trainers use science to influence their decisions. Others explore the ways science affects a particular aspect of sports. These stories will lend context to stat sheets, an approachable lens to lab reports and some lessons about the people behind both.