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  • Amazon shared from The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein
    Because we are each unique, genetic science will continue to show that just as there is no one-size-fits-all medicine, there is no one-size-fits-all training program. If one sport or training method isn’t working, it may not be the training. It may be you, in the very deepest sense.
    Note: and to the coach goes the responsibility for tuning the training to the athlete's needs & abilities:
  • Amazon shared from The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein
    Athletes are essentially always distinguished by both their training environments and their genes. In some cases, as with the ability of baseball hitters to react to a pitch, a skill that seems based on superhuman reflexes is largely the result of a learned mental database. (Once the database is in place, however, an athlete who possesses outstanding visual hardware can put it to superior use.) In others, as with the ability to respond rapidly to endurance exercise, genes mediate the very improvements that come from hard training. In all likelihood, we overascribe our skills and traits to either...
  • Amazon shared from The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein
    The studies undertaken by K. Anders Ericsson—the so-called father of the 10,000-hours “rule”—and his colleagues typically don’t address the existence of genetically based talent because their work begins with subjects of high achievement in music or sports. When most of humanity has already been screened out of a study before it begins, the study often has little or nothing to say about the existence or nonexistence of innate talent.
    Note: it is almost NEVER just nature or nurture, rather some combination of both.
  • Amazon shared from The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein
    One reason that marathon runners tend to be diminutive is because small humans have a larger skin surface area compared with the volume of their body. The greater one’s surface area compared with volume, the better the human radiator and the more quickly the body unloads heat. (Hence, short, skinny people get cold more easily than tall, hefty people.)
    Note: and this is why husbands and wives fight over the thermostat!? eureka...
  • Amazon shared from The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein
    When Laby and Kirschen studied U.S. Olympians from the 2008 Beijing Games, they found that the softball team had an average visual acuity of 20/11, outstanding depth perception, and better contrast sensitivity than athletes from any other sport. Olympic archers also had exceptional visual acuity—they scored similarly to the Dodgers—but not particularly good depth perception. That makes sense, Laby says, because the target is far away, but it’s also flat.
    Note: outstanding vision acuity is definitely nature over nurture...
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