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by David Robinson

True or False: You should keep your eye on the ball. You may think you know the answer, but do you really? Read on for some of the biggest sports myths, and check yourself against the facts.

Hey Sports Zone readers, check out these sports myths:

Myth: You should keep your eye on the ball.
The Facts:
 Baseball is a simple game. You throw the ball, you hit the ball ... but should you watch the ball? An exhaustive look at baseball statistics leads the blog LiveScience to conclude that ball players who watch the ball will miss it. In fact, a ball pitched by a pro player can go upwards of 90 to 100 miles per hour, too fast for the eye to track it. The best players will take the first couple of pitches to anticipate where the ball will come across the plate. LiveScience also notes that catching a ball takes the same kind of geometry on the fly: "Good players do not run to a place where the ball will land and then wait for it, but rather catch the ball while running," Ken Fuld, visual psychophysicist at the University of New Hampshire, said.

Myth: Gymnastics stunts growth
The Facts: It's true that a typical gymnast tends to be of smaller build. But that is "more due to the fact that that makes them well suited for the sport," writes Daniel Green, orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery, in New York, on the MissOMoms blog. Growth issues could come from an eating disorder, but that's more of an issue with the most competitive athletes. Or, issues could result from "repetitive impact on a limb" -- causing one limb to be shorter than the other, for example -- but that is "exceedingly rare."

Myth: There's a home field advantage. 
The Facts: There is, but it's not what you think, says Stephen Dubner of Freakanomics Radio -- the thinking that sleeping in your own bed or know-how of your field means you have a better chance of winning. Nope: It's the officials. "They make more calls in favor of the home team. Now, NFL officials are very, very good. But they're also human. And on some level, most humans seek approval, and in this case and in the case of football, from 60,000 screaming fans. Hard to ignore."

Myth: More training makes you better. 
The Facts: Not so, say the experts. More reps are helpful only if fitness is the issue, and for top athletes, that's usually not the case. Instead, says the blog SportsCoachingBrain, "The key is to get more from your current training program through better engagement, stronger belief, and more focused commitment of your athletes in everything they do."

Myth: Weight-lifting will make women bulky. 
The Facts: Unless you're taking steroids, you won't ever look like a man as a result of hitting the weight room. The difference in muscle mass between men and women is tied to testosterone levels, and men have 10 times more of the hormone than women. Women who weight train will look muscular, not manly.

Myth: People should be sore after a good workout. 
The Facts: Soreness shouldn't be the goal, but it is often a side effect of working out. As trainer Joe DeFranco points out, "I've never read any research that links post-exercise soreness to strength gains, hypertrophy gains or improved athletic performance. Who the hell wants to be sore anyway?"

Myth: Concussions occur only after a direct blow to the head. 
The Facts: Unfortunately, concussions can happen in more ways than getting hit on the head. According to MomsTeam, a concussion can be caused by a direct blow to the "head, face, neck, or elsewhere on the body if the blow is transmitted to the head."

Myth: Defense wins football championships. 
The Facts: Well, certainly a good defense is better than a bad one. But, say the folks at Freakonomics Radio, statistics show it's not all that key to the game. "If you look at past Super Bowls and just football in general, defense is not the magic bullet that the cliche suggests." Instead, the formula for success includes field goal units and special teams.

Now that you know some of these sports myths, can you think of any Christian myths that we have out there? I once heard a Christian tell me that they prayed three times a day so that they could go to Heaven. Praying three times a day will help you get to Heaven, but it won't guarantee it. What matters most is your personal relationship with Christ. As long as you have a bond with Him, everything else will fall in line. Have a happy Sabbath!

Sources: http://shine.yahoo.com/team-mom/top-sports-myths-debunked-224800050.html

Taken directly from: "Top Sports Myths Debunked" by Claudine Zap, Team Mom - Thu, May 3, 2012 6:48 PM EDT


0 #6 soccerdudeptsc 2012-09-01 02:44
for the defense one... it is soo true that defense is not the main key to winning championships, in any sport, in soccer i have a great defense but my team cant score to save their lives... so therefore we are last in the league tho most games are 1-0 type things
-5 #5 Bree_Gods_Girl 2012-09-01 00:00
what h word? and that's cool! :)
+4 #4 BibleAvenger 2012-08-31 07:32
+5 #3 Sportzgurl 2012-08-27 03:45
+8 #2 trio3 2012-08-25 22:41
I thought you were suppose on the baseball. Never knew some of these things.

P.S. shouldn't the h word have been censored?
+9 #1 I_LOVE_YOU_LORD 2012-08-25 21:13
Have you seen mythbusters? :eek:

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