The Sports Gene
Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic PerformanceBook - 2014 | Paperback edition
Beat by an underhand girl: the gene-free model of expertise
A tale of two high jumpers (or: 10,000 hours plus or minus 10,000 hours)
Major league vision and the greatest child athlete sample ever: the hardware and software paradigm
Why men have nipples
The talent of trainability
Superbaby, bully whippets, and the trainability of muscle
The big bang of body types
The vitruvian NBA player
We are all black (sort of): race and genetic diversity
The warrior-slave theory of Jamaican sprinting
Malaria and muscle fibers
Can every Kalenjin run?
The world's greatest accidental (altitudinous) talent sieve
Sled dogs, ultrarunners, and couch potato genes
The heartbreak gene: death, injury, and pain on the field
The gold medal mutation
The perfect athlete
From the critics
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The Sports Gene
The Sports Gene by David Epstein is nothing but a master piece of thousands of hours’ worth of research. David Epstein is a senior writer for sports illustrated and a former college runner who tries to come to grips with what is truly, the Sports Gene. Epstein theorizes that “nature as well as nurture” are important ingredients for athletic achievement. Personally, I would give this text a good 7 out of 10. It’s definitely an above average read but after reading the text I realized the extreme diction within the text that might not translate well into younger people. This text is probably catered towards a more matured audience with a more mature vocabulary. Without the understanding of some of the diction used in the novel, it’s hard to grasp the books’ complete contents.
Epstein spends a lengthy portion of the novel explaining something that is normally impossible to explain in words. This unexplainable theory being the “sports gene”. David Epstein goes into detail on where the ‘sports gene’ comes from, how to obtain it, and how it enhances professional athlete’s ability to excel. Epstein combines storytelling and facts to not only bring his point across but also excite readers. What Epstein also does a great job of grasp the common knowledge and opinions of readers and explain them in a more thorough fashion. That’s why, even with the diction barrier the book provides, I still consider it a pretty good read for anyone with a decent knowledge of sports or even someone without a decent knowledge of sports. The opportunity to learn and be entertained is what this book brings to the table.
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