This is a collection of online resources (websites, software, etc.). A separate collection of Print Resources is also available.
Key: E=Elementary (K-5), I=Intermediate (6-8), HS=High School (9-12), C=College, G=General Public
- Chemistry: Making it Real — Chemistry of Sports (I)
- Includes resources that take an in-depth look at how chemistry has had a huge impact
on all kinds of sports — from golf to paintball.
Provided by: NSDL Middle School Portal.
- How It’s Made — Videos (E, I, HS, C, G)
- Learn the mysteries behind how everyday objects are made. Videos show how curling
stones, football helmets, pinball machines, snowboards, and treadmills, plus many
other products are made.
Provided by: The Science Channel.
- Materials World Module — Sports Materials (I, HS)
- Students explore the materials design and function of balls used in athletics, test
and analyze their interactions with many surfaces they come in contact during play,
and design a suitable material for use in a newly invented game.
Provided by: Northwestern University.
- MoleClues (E, I)
- MoleClues is a web site for young people to investigate the world of molecules.
Created by Molecular Frontiers Foundation who expert scientists include nine Nobel
laureates, students are able to ask questions in a safe environment and have
discussions with other students and expert scientists from all over the world. On
MoleClues, students are rewarded for QUESTIONS about molecules, not their answers!
Provided by: Molecular Frontiers Foundation.
- StrangeMatter — Discover the Science of Everyday Stuff! (I)
- Strange Matter investigates four areas of materials science: structure, properties,
processing, and performance. This exhibit is traveling to science centers and museums
in North America through May 2009. Visit the website to access guides to the exhibit,
experiments that can be done at home or in the classroom, resources for further
exploration, and video interviews with the people behind materials science. Developed
by the Ontario Science Centre.
Provided by: Materials Research Society.
- American Council on Exercise (G)
- The American Council on Exercise® is a nonprofit organization committed
to enriching quality of life through safe and effective exercise and physical
activity. As America’s Authority on Fitness, ACE protects all segments
of society against ineffective fitness products, programs and trends through
its ongoing public education, outreach and research. ACE further protects the
public by setting certification and continuing education standards for fitness
professionals. This site includes an excellent Exercise Library, Health &
Fitness Tips, and Healthy Recipes.
- American College of Sports Medicine (G)
- ACSM is devoted to public awareness and education about the benefits of physical
activity for people of all ages, from all occupations. The physicians, researchers
and educators of the College have created tools for the general public and for
- ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities (G)
- F08’s focus is on the development and review of standards for sports equipment,
surfaces, and facilities to reduce inherent risk of injuries and promote knowledge as
it relates to these standards.
Provided by: ASTM International.
- The Exploratorium — Science of Sports (E, I, HS, C, G)
- Explore the science behind skateboarding, baseball, hockey, and other popular sports.
Provided by: The Exploratorium.
- The Fitness Jumpsite: Your Connection to a Lifestyle of Fitness, Nutrition, and Health (G)
- The mission of this non-commercial web site is to provide quality fitness, health
and nutrition related information and education across the globe. The “Fitness
Library” includes: Getting & Staying Active, Managing Your Weight, Nutrition
Made Easy, and Fitness Equipment. This site was developed by Vicki Pierson and Renee
Cloe, who are ACE certified Personal Trainers.
Provided by: The Fitness Jumpsite.
- Greatest Inventions of All Times — Greatest Inventors (I, HS, C, G)
- Based on the Encyclopedia Britannica’s “The Greatest Inventions of All
Times,” includes the boomerang, bicycles, elastic fabric, modern parachute,
scuba gear, skates, skis, plus many other inventions used by sports enthusiasts.
Provided by: Edinformatics.
- MedlinePlus: Sports Fitness (I, HS, C, G)
- Sports can be a great way to get in shape or stay that way. While training varies by
sport, cross training builds stronger bones. Remember to listen to your body to prevent
injuries and to use equipment safely. What you eat and drink is also important with
water being the most important nutrient for active people. This site contains an
authoritative collection of links.
Provided by: National Library of Medicine.
- MIT OpenCourseWare — SP 235 Chemistry of Sports, Spring 2007 (C)
- Taught by Dr. Patricia Christie, this seminar focuses on three sports, swimming,
cycling and running. There will be two components to the seminar, a classroom and
a laboratory. Seminars introduce students to the chemistry of their own biological
system and for the laboratory, students complete a triathlon.
Provided by: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Physical Activity and Sports Resources (HS, C, G)
- A guide to web and library resources that was compiled by Gerry Greenberg, Physical
Activity and Sports Bibliographer, Ohio State University Libraries.
Provided by: Ohio State University.
- Physiology Learning Cycle Units (I)
- This web site and associated student handout explores the affects of exercise on
some of the human body systems. It also asks students to consider each source of
information and to rate its accuracy.
Provided by: The American Physiological Society.
- Plasticsinfo.org — Better Living With Plastics (G)
- Every day, plastics help make our lives better, healthier and safer. This site
provides useful tips and simple solutions to help you make the most of the
innovation and convenience plastics have to offer. From bicycle helmets and
flotation devices to mouth guards and other protective sporting gear, plastics
help to keep active kids safe and healthy every day.
Provided by: American Chemistry Council.
- Scholarly Sport Sites: A Subject Directory (HS, C, G)
- This subject directory brings together the websites to assist the serious sports
researcher, kinesiology librarian, sport information specialist, college/university
student and faculty. Created by Gretchen Ghent under the auspices of the University
of Calgary Library, the North American Sport Library Network and the International
Association for Sports Information.
Provided by: University of Calgary Library.
- Slam Dunk Science (I, HS)
- Introduces many aspects of sports science and engineering as they relate to athletic
shoe design, and explains how to set up a low-cost sports research lab in the classroom.
Provided by: email@example.com.
- S. O. S. (Secondary Online Science) — Fashion Victim (I)
- Fun, interactive games aimed at 11–14 year olds who want a new way of learning science.
For “Fashion Victim,” you need to visit shops, buy clothes and play action games.
Decide which clothes to buy as some of them will perform better in Winter Wipeout, Downtown
Skater and River Racer. Developed by RSC and IoP.
Provided by: Channel4Learning.
- American Dietetic Association (G)
- The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food
and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health
and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.
Food and Nutrition section provides resources for consumers to improve eating
habits and achieve a healthy lifestyle. Some handouts are in Spanish.
- Choices in Sports — NCAA (I, HS, C, G)
- This site has information for student-athletes and athletics personnel on making the
right decisions concerning drugs, supplements and nutrition.
Provided by: The National Center for Drug-Free Sports, Inc.
- Effectiveness of Sports Drinks — Which Drink is Better? (I, HS, C, G)
- What drink is best for getting and staying hydrated during exercise? Should you
choose water? Are sports drinks best? What about juice or carbonated soft drinks?
Coffee or tea? Beer?
Provided by: About.com.
- Food and Nutrition Guide — University of Wisconsin Library — Stout (I, HS, C, G)
- This library publication is a guide to resources available in food science and
nutrition, the study of the chemical and physical, biochemical and biophysical
properties of foods and their constituents and nutrition. Selected samples are
listed for each type of resource.
- Gatorade Sports Science Institute (I, HS, C, G)
- The Gatorade Sports Science Institute (GSSI)
is a research and educational facility established in 1988 to share current
information and expand knowledge on sports nutrition and exercise science that
enhance the performance and well-being of athletes. The materials and services
of the Institute are designed as educational tools for sports health professionals.
- Gold Medal Game (I, HS, C, G)
- When was doping first prohibited? What is Ma Huang and how is it used? Do you
have the knowledge it takes to set the high score? Find the answers to these
questions and many more in the Gold Medal Game.
Provided by: U.S. Antidoping Agency.
- MyPyramid.gov — Steps to a Healthier You (E, I, HS, C, G)
- One size doesn’t fit all. MyPyramid offers personalized eating plans, interactive
tools to help you plan and assess your food choices, and advice to help you: make smart
choices from every food group, find your balance between food and physical activity, get
the most nutrition out of your calories, and stay within your daily calorie needs.
MyPyramid food plans are designed for the general public ages 2 and over; they are not
therapeutic diets. Those with a specific health condition should consult with a health
care provider for a dietary plan that is right for them.
Provided by: U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- MyPyramid.gov — For Kids (E)
- Check out MyPyramid Blast Off Game — An interactive computer game where kids
can reach Planet Power by fueling their rocket with food and physical activity.
“Fuel” tanks for each food group help students keep track of how their
choices fit into MyPyramid. The Kids page also includes a poster, coloring book,
worksheet, and tips for families in English and in Spanish.
- Optimal Dietary Intake — The Basics — For Sport, For Life (PDF) (I, HS, C, G)
- This 32 page nutrition publication provides general guidelines to help optimize
dietary intake for sports competitors.
Provided by: U.S. Antidoping Agency.
- The Physician and Sportsmedicine: Personal Health (I, HS, C, G)
- The Personal Health section of this online journal contains articles on exercise,
nutrition, injury prevention, and rehabilitation — all written for the active
individual. The most widely read clinical sports medicine journal in the world,
The Physician and Sportsmedicine is a peer-reviewed bi-monthly journal
serving the practicing physician’s professional and personal interests in the
medical aspects of exercise, sports, and fitness.
Provided by: JTE Multimedia Company.
- U.S. National Agricultural Library — Food and Nutrition Information Center (G)
- The Food and Nutrition Information Center, a leader in food and human nutrition
information dissemination since 1971, provides credible, accurate, and practical
resources for nutrition and health professionals, educators, government personnel
Provided by: National Agricultural Library.
- Lifecycle Nutrition — Fitness and Sports Nutrition (G)
- This page includes a variety of fitness and sports nutrition topics and resources
from organizations and institutes that specialize in sports medicine and exercise
- The World’s Healthiest Foods (I, HS, C, G)
- Learn about 129 foods that can serve as the basis of your healthiest way of eating.
Provided by: The George Mateljan Foundation.