Gladiators are known as some of history's most ruthless warriors. during the roman times gladiators would be put in the coliseum and fight to the death. There are commons moves associated with winning a battle. one of these very popular moves is when someone picks up the other man above his head and tosses him to the ground. There is a lot of physics involved in this situation. in order for a gladiator to pick his opponent up he must apply more force than the weight of his opponent, which involves work. as the opponent is lifted there is a change in his momentum along with an increase in kinetic energy both caused by the opponent's increased velocity. when the gladiator is holding his opponent above his head the opponent has a larger gravitational potential energy than he did on the ground because of his increased height. As the opponent is brutally thrown to the ground he has an increase in momentum again. when his momentum is changed in an instance (from hitting the ground) there is a large force applied to him causing a large amount of pain which is why its a finisher move . if you wanted to try this at home you would have to get a piece of technology able to record force over a specific time and then slam your friend on it to gather your data.
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