Monday, October 7, 2013

Good Read: The Sports Gene

I recently finished reading David Epstein's The Sports Genean early birthday present from my wife—which, for an exercise scientist like me, was very, very interesting.

But I think it would be interesting to anyone who likes sports, genetics, science, and decent writing—especially about sports, genetics, or science.

I wish there were more books that took complex subjects like genetics and made them both interesting to specialists and accessible to the public. If I were currently teaching in an exercise science department, The Sports Gene would be required reading.

Today, National Geographic posted a brief article by Epstein, adapted from the book, that'll surely whet your appetite for more.

Ultimately, The Sports Gene confirms what we might have suspected all along: that genetics matter, and environment matters, and training matters.

But don't let that truism keep you from reading it.

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