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Science increasingly informs athletic training, and technology is used every day to maintain and even enhance physical performance. In this volume, Scientific American's top writers present in clear, accessible prose information about present—and future—advances that enhance not only athletic performance, but also the vitality of the rest of the population.Body, mind, gear, and technique are explored. Specific topics include: Whether science can determine if sports psychology worksHow the cellular biology of ...

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Overview

Science increasingly informs athletic training, and technology is used every day to maintain and even enhance physical performance. In this volume, Scientific American's top writers present in clear, accessible prose information about present—and future—advances that enhance not only athletic performance, but also the vitality of the rest of the population.Body, mind, gear, and technique are explored. Specific topics include: Whether science can determine if sports psychology worksHow the cellular biology of muscle may explain why a particular athlete winsWhat skateboarders do to bend the laws of physicsWhy there's concern about a sophisticated new way of cheating - gene doping This highly informative volume provides excellent background on controversial issues in spectator and participatory sports today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599211169
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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Scientific American, the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S., has been bringing its readers unique insights about developments in science and technology for more than 150 years. The magazine publishes 15 foreign language editions and has a total of more than 1,000,000 copies in circulation worldwide.International editions include those published in Holland/Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, India, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Poland, Romania, Russia, Spain, Taiwan and the Ukraine.More than 120 Nobel laureates have written for Scientific American, most of whom wrote about their prize-winning works years before being recognized by the Nobel Committee. In addition to the likes of Albert Einstein, Francis Crick, Jonas Salk and Linus Pauling, Scientific American continues to attract esteemed authors from many fields.Today, under the leadership of editor-in-chief John Rennie, the magazine continues to identify and deliver the latest developments in science and technology across a broad range of fields. Rennie received the 2000 Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science, which is given annually "to honor those who have become concurrently accomplished as researchers and/or educators, and as widely recognized magnifiers of the public's understanding of science."

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Game Theory   Gary Stix   Mark Fischetti     v
The Athlete's Body
How Much Higher? How Much Faster?   Bruce Schechter     1
The Female Hurt   Marguerite Holloway     10
The Mystery of Muscle   Glenn Zorpette     22
Muscle, Genes and Athletic Performance   Jesper L. Andersen   Peter Schjerling   Bengt Saltin     41
The Chemical Games   Glenn Zorpette     60
All Doped Up-and Going for the Gold   Glenn Zorpette     77
Gene Doping   H. Lee Sweeney     82
Doping by Design   Steven Ashley     96
Catchy Carbon   Sarah Simpson     99
The Athlete's Mind
Psyched Up, Psyched Out   Michael Shermer     103
The Will to Win   Steve J. Ayan     114
Extreme Sports, Sensation Seeking and the Brain   Glenn Zorpette     121
Gear and Technique
Going through the Motions   Delia K. Cabe     131
Asphalt Acrobats   Pearl Tesler     139
Electronic Skis   Mark Fischetti     148
The Olympian's New Clothes   Frank Vizard     152
TheAthletic Arms Race   Mike May     157
The Unblinking Eye   Bruce Schechter     167
Index     175
About the Authors     191
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