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Sports Gene Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

ISBN-10: 1591845114
ISBN-13: 9781591845119
Edition: 2013
Authors: David Epstein
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Description: An engaging, controversial exploration of the genetic underpinnings of athletic success What makes an athlete a superstar? We’d tend to assume they are either genetic freaks, put on Earth to play a particular sport, or they are normal people who by  More...

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

An engaging, controversial exploration of the genetic underpinnings of athletic success What makes an athlete a superstar? We’d tend to assume they are either genetic freaks, put on Earth to play a particular sport, or they are normal people who by sheer force of will and obsessive training overcame their innate biology. But the truth is far messier than a simple dichotomy between nature and nurture. David Epstein shows why it is highly unlikely that so-called genetic freaks are singularly endowed with superior athletic prowess, and just as unlikely that individuals with few or none of the requisite athletic genes will be great, no matter how hard they work. In short, the nature means little without the nurture, and vice versa. Epstein also explores some controversial questions, such as:Are black athletes genetically predetermined to dominate both sprinting and distance running?Can we test the genes of young children to determine if they will be top athletes?Are men and women programmed to practice in different ways?Epstein combines groundbreaking genetics research with an engaging narrative approach. 

David Epstein is an award-winning senior writer for Sports Illustrated, where he covers sports science, medicine, and Olympic sports. His investigative pieces are among Sports Illustrated's most high-profile stories. An avid runner himself, he earned All-East honours on Columbia University's varsity track squad. This is his first book.

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