Currently Reading The Sports Gene By David Epstein

English: Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson and ...

English: Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson and Boston Celtics Larry Bird in Game two of the 1985 NBA Finals at Boston Garden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am approximately two-thirds through with The Sports Gene by David Epstein and thus far he has done a tremendous job in giving the reader statistics and data in which I would not have imagined. He also tackles the 10,000 hour rule offered by Malcolm Gladwell effectively and shows how it plays only a part in becoming a world class athlete. He gives several examples in which this was not needed. However, I believe to become a world-class athlete takes both skill and luck and their are so many factors in becoming world-class that it would be in my opinion almost impossible to list. To give you an example of how genes play in becoming an NBA player I give you this quote from pages 130-131:

“Height is an incredibly narrow constrained trait among humans. Fully 68 percent of American men are in just the six-inch range from 5’7″ to 6’1″. The bell curve of adult height is a Himalayan slope that fall off precipitously on either side of the mean. A mere 5 percent of American men are 6’3″ or taller, while the average height of an NBA player perennially hovers around 6’7″. Suffice it to say that there is startlingly little overlap—far less that Cowherd suggested—between the heights of humanity and those of NBA players.”

Another interesting study showed this from page 140. I found this quite intriguing:

” A 1998 analysis of hundreds of studies of native populations from around the world found that the higher the average annual temperature of a geographic region, the proportionally longer the legs of the people whose ancestors had historically resided there.”

If you have interest in an aspect of what makes a world-class athlete, this has been an excellent read thus far.



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