In the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Chemistry of Sports course, they “… will be focusing on three sports, swimming, cycling and running. There will be two components to the seminar, a classroom and a laboratory. The classroom component will introduce the students to the chemistry of their own biological system. Since we are looking at swimming, running and cycling as our sample sports, we will apply the classroom knowledge to complete a triathlon.
With Course Goals
- Apply the principles of chemistry to studying sports. These principles include: atomic and molecular interactions, thermodynamics, acid/base chemistry, bonding, electrochemistry
- There will be weekly reading of scientific literature related to the topic of the week
- Understand the chemistry of their own biological system through observations written in a training journal
- Study the science of a triathlon (swim, bike, run) from molecular/chemical/biological point of view
- Improve your own personal fitness level by training for the Mooseman triathlon (either Olympic distance or half-Ironman) and earn PE credit or by maintaining you own exercise program.”
All materials are in PDF format and it’s worth a read if you’re interested, like I am, in the science behind your training.