Chat with John Brenkus
Welcome to SportsNation! On Monday, Sport Science host John Brenkus stops by to chat about his Emmy Award-winning TV show.
Sport Science uncovers sports' biggest myths and mysteries by utilizing cutting-edge technology to measure momentum, friction and the laws of gravity. In addition to his role as host of Sport Science, Brenkus, a Univeristy of Virginia graduate, is also the director and creative director of all BASE Productions programs.
Send your questions now and join Brenkus Monday at 2 p.m. ET!
John Brenkus (2:02 PM)
Hope everybody is having a great summer!
If i wanted to have a job like yours, what should i study in college? How can i break into the field?
John Brenkus (2:11 PM)
There aren't many jobs exactly like my job because it combines media sports and science, but if you want to get involved in the field of sports science, I think majoring in all sciences from chemistry to biology to physics, ets. is really important. You also need a home grown interest in Sport. In order to understand the science behind athletics, you need to understand the history of athletics as well.
What do you think is the most intriguing sport to examine in the sport science lab?
John Brenkus (2:12 PM)
I love looking at all sports because it gives me the opportunity to work with the world's best athletes. I get as much pleausure doing an NFL segment as I do a table tennis segment.
Evan (Auburn, Ala.)
About how fast was Usain Bolt running in the 100m final?
John Brenkus (2:13 PM)
Around 27 miles an hour.
Did you get an explanation from Brady Ellison about all of the pieces of his bow? It seems like there is a lot of science involved in his bow setup.
John Brenkus (2:17 PM)
The science in archery really does lie in the setup. Archers spend an incredible amount of time dialing in their bow, so they know exactly where to shoot the arrow everytime. What was most interesting to me was how much wind plays in that sport. I asked Brady what really separates him from everyone else. And he said it was his ability to stay calm under pressure.
What kind of tests would you like to do with Usain Bolt in the sport science lab?
John Brenkus (2:18 PM)
Bolt equals pure speed. It's that simple.
Which Olympic sport would you most want to participate in?
John Brenkus (2:19 PM)
Hard to pick just one. They are all so freakin cool!
After having some Olympians into the lab to analyze them, how impressed are you with them, versus some of the professional athletes you've worked out?
John Brenkus (2:21 PM)
All of the athletes we have in the lab blow me away. They are the best in the world at what they do. I love working with olympians because of the intense focus for a specific event at a specific time guaranteed to be against the best in the world. I truly admire the dedication, talent, hard work and belief it takes to be an olympian.
John Brenkus (2:22 PM)
Thanks for all of your support. More great Sports Science segments coming your way.