Faster, Higher, Stronger

Faster, Higher, Stronger

How Sports Science Is Creating A New Generation of Superathletes, and What We Can Learn From Them

Book - 2014
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Veteran journalist Mark McClusky brings readers behind the scenes with a new generation of athletes, coaches, and scientists whose accomplishments are changing our understanding of human physical achievement and completely redefining the limits of the human body.
Publisher: New York : Hudson Street Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781594631535
1594631530
Branch Call Number: 613.711 Mc
Description: xii, 274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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marjorie_2013
Jul 19, 2017

Will Higher, Faster, Stronger help you become a world-class athlete? No. But it *will* give you insight into the amazing combination of technology and physiology, mathematics and medicine that help the very best compete. And although I am no closer to being an Olympic athlete after reading the book than before, I *did* gain insights into how to work to my strengths. Part of being a great athlete is using your greatest gifts well, and the underlying message to the weekend warior is actually quite empowering--our bodies are best designed for certain types of activity. If we can deduce those areas of relative strength, we will find our own successes.

ChristchurchLib Dec 04, 2014

What makes athletes excel? In Faster, Higher, Stronger, journalist Mark McClusky - who has written for both Sports Illustrated and WIRED - combines his knowledge of professional sports and cutting-edge technology in a detailed examination of sports science. Chapters such as "Hacking the Athlete" address the role of research in overcoming the body's natural limitations, while sections like "Gold Medal Genetics" examine the influence of heredity on athletic performance. From nutrition ("Eating to Win") to statistics ("The Numbers Game"), this book explores the science of sports from multiple angles. Nature and Science December 2014 newsletter.

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danielestes
Oct 07, 2014

To most of us, rising to superathlete status means having a dream and then never giving up. However, the reality is that's not even remotely true. It only seems that way because the "hard work = success" narrative is so prevalent. The top performers of any athletic endeavor are simply blessed with a desirable combination of natural talent, the capacity for hard work and *a lot* of luck.

In Faster, Higher, Stronger, author Mark McClusky shows us how science is fine-tuning sports performance in a way that the world's never before seen. And there's no end in sight with how far scientific athleticism can go. You'll notice a number of parallels here with two other recent books, David Epstein's The Sports Gene and Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers, though Faster, Higher, Stronger is more compliment than duplicate. I especially recommend this one if you liked The Sports Gene.

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