The Science of a Triple Axel

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This book discusses the science behind various elements of ice-skating, particularly a triple axel. The chapters examine case studies of famous sports moments, explain how the athletes perform these actions, and document the history of how scientists, doctors, and coaches have been working to make these sports safer. Sidebars include thought-provoking trivia. Questions in the backmatter ask for text-dependent analysis. A timeline provides history, key developments, and advancements associated with the sport.


  • Level: Grade 4 - Grade 7
  • Dewey: 796.91/2
  • Graphics: Full-color photographs
  • Reinforced book (9781633625877): 7.5 x 9.5, 32 pages, © 2016
  • Paperback (9781633626775): 7.5 x 9.5, 32 pages, © 2016
  • PDF (9781633627673): 7.5 x 9.5, 32 pages, © 2016
  • Hosted ebook (9781633628571): 7.5 x 9.5, 32 pages, © 2016
  • Subject: Science & Technology
  • Series: 21st Century Skills Library
  • Subseries: Full-Speed Sports


  • Lexile® Measure: 1030
  • Guided Reading Level: S
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 178798
  • Accelerated Reader® Reading Level: 6.0
  • Accelerated Reader® Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

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Booklist - The Science of a Triple Axel

The triple axel is one of the most difficult figure skating moves to master, and this installment in the Full-Speed Sports series highlights the feat, from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to its technologically advanced future. Though the title promises science, the author only dedicates one chapter to the physics of the move, linking its components to laws of motion. Other chapters occasionally link physics to the topic while covering the history of figure skating, the physical impact jumps have on skaters, and ways skaters use technology to improve their skills. While the full-color photos of skaters in motion are engaging, they do little to illustrate the concepts at work. Still, for students who need practical examples to help demonstrate abstract principles, this introduction could go a long way.


Author: Ellen Labrecque

Ellen Labrecque is a freelance writer living in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Previously, she was a senior editor at Sports Illustrated Kids. Ellen loves to travel and then learn about new places and people she can write about in her books.


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