The Science behind the adidas Nitrocharge
By Thomas Ang (@FootballNovel)
A new range of football boots called the Nitrocharge has been released by adidas, and its colours are already turning heads on pitches and television screens everywhere. But the bright yellow EnergySling (across the top of the shoe) and EnergyPulse (the zig-zig on the bottom) are there for more than just aesthetic purposes.
According to our secondary school physics and physical education lessons, these two key innovations should help match performance as advertised, and might even have benefits beyond.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – More than three decades have passed since Bob Marley uttered the final lyrics of his shortened life, yet tracking down reggae music’s eternal icon takes no effort at all on the beautiful sun-drenched island where his story began.
For Marley’s music and philosophy is a part of Jamaica’s very fabric, and for all the palm trees and white sand and irresistible rum cocktails, the tourist economy in this part of the Caribbean is just as reliant on visitors seeking musical enlightenment and a sample of Rastafarian tranquility.
The United States men’s soccer team is chasing something very different here, having arrived ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against the home nation with the simple goal of three points and a step towards Brazil next summer on its agenda.
Yet as surely as Paris spells romance, Jamaica means Marley and even on a journey of purely sporting interest there is no avoiding (why would you want to?) links to a musical maestro who spread an ideology of peace and is still adored for it.
Friday’s clash will take place at Jamaica’s National Stadium, a venue that has seen better days but will be packed nevertheless for a critical contest where a U.S. victory would severely dampen the hosts’ World Cup chances and greatly enhance its own.