For those with any interest at all in Sports, sports performance, sports medicine, or sports science, getting your hands on this book is a MUST. It’s hard to explain the kind of writing that Jesse Epstein uses to create this book. It’s dense with information, but not in the way a text book is. The examples of athletes and their stories is vivid and captivating, while at the same time methodically building upon the question of whether or not athletes really have gotten faster, stronger, better.
But if reading is not for you, or you are too busy with no time for books, set aside 15 minutes and watch his engaging Ted Talk. In it, he talks about all the improvements in athletic performance in the past century. Much of that progress is due to “innovation, democratization, and imagination.” Sports technology has shaved significant time off of sprints and boosted high jumpers that much higher into the air. Democratization has given athletes an opportunity to make money while pursuing their passions. It’s also led to a huge gene pool where basketball players get taller, gymnasts get shorter, and waterpolo players get longer arms. Athletes today can achieve things unimaginable a century go, with a few exceptions. Athletes like Jesse Owens, whose record setting times were shattered by Usain Bolt, paved the way for the next generations of athletes. Really, they were both outstanding athletes with a century’s difference of sports technology at their finger tips. But the difference is that it took one man, in this sport Jesse Owens, to imagine the possibilities of breaking boundaries.
So these magnificent breakthroughs in sports science can be credited to the many things that people do to improve the performance of athletes, but it also takes that one person to try something new with a champion mindset to achieve success. Check out his website here. Find out for yourself by watching Epstein’s Ted Talk here or pick up a copy of The Sports Gene at your local book store.