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The Sports Gene

Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

By David Epstein
13-minute read
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The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein

The Sports Gene takes a look at the physiological traits that are beneficial in various sports, and at their hereditary background. It also examines why people in certain parts of the world have evolved in their particular way, and how this is beneficial in the realm of certain sports.

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“In comparison to the famous 10,000-Hour rule, these blinks opened my eyes to some of the other ways people become great. Plus, I had a great time talking to Epstein about the book on the Blinkist podcast.”

– Ben S, Audio Lead at Blinkist

  • Anyone who follows sports
  • Anyone who wants to understand what sport they might be naturally good at
  • Anyone who is interested in the physiology behind top athletic performance

David Epstein is a writer for Sports Illustrated, specializing in sports science. Epstein also holds a master’s degree in Environmental Science.

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