Summary of The Sports Gene
Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance
From THE SPORTS GENE by David Epstein. Summarized by arrangement with Current, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company
Are great athletes born or made? Both.
Can Malcolm Gladwell’s famed “10,000-hour rule” – which defines the length of time a person needs to master a skill – explain Donald Thomas? He’s the world champion Bahamian high jumper who triumphed despite his lack of experience, his indifference to training and his rough technique. As sports journalist David Epstein writes in this fascinating study, athletic success turns out to be a complex stew of genetic and cultural factors. That’s why Thomas, an unknown, could defeat an Olympic champion who devoted his life to perfecting his high jump technique. Epstein, an informed, engaging guide to sports science, argues convincingly that the 10,000-hour rule is a vague guideline, not a road map. He doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable discussions of race in sports; he addresses this touchy topic and others in a tactful, respectful way. A writer at Sports Illustrated, Epstein clearly conveys complex technical concepts, and he offers a view of performance and training, which managers in other fields may find illuminating. getAbstract recommends his study to supervisors, coaches and parents seeking insight into athletic success.
In this summary, you will learn
- How elite athletes are both born and made,
- Why the 10,000-hour rule isn’t always true, and
- Why some surprising athletes excel and Jamaicans dominate the sprints.
Comment on this summary
5 months agoGreat read.
2 years agoNever heard of 10,000 hour rule before. But it would make since. To break habits they say work on it for 30 days straight and it is supposed to get easier to accomplish. Good reading and infomation.
2 years agoA sporting perspective on the Nature-Nurture debate that will get you thinking.
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