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The Athlete’s Clock: How Biology and Time Affect Sport Performance

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: January 2014 - Volume 46 - Issue 1 - p 210
doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000441225.54058.27
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This book examines how the idea of time plays an integral role in human performance in sport. It touches upon factors related to time that are thought to affect performance, such as pacing strategy, time of day, age, and other known human biological systems.

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The purpose of this study was to address some of the main concepts relating the variables that make up the idea of time to sport performance. To better understand these relationships, the author provides critical insight into these factors, while supporting his claims with latest sport science literature.

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The scientist who authors this book is well versed in this area and draws upon many of the expert opinions in the field to help shape and support his claims. Despite the vast amount of literature in this area, the author does an excellent job of focusing the book to reach a wide-ranging audience of undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, coaches, trainers, and high-level athletes.

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Each chapter is broken down into concept areas the author deems are important variables that contribute to the idea of time affecting sport performance. The book details the basic mechanisms by which the concept under discussion affects human biology output in sport. Lastly, using these descriptive mechanisms, it provides real-world examples and research to reinforce the relationship between time and sport.

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This is an excellent broad introduction to the idea of time and sport. It offers scientific research to support many of the questions athletes and coaches ask themselves when determining strategy in a sport event. Likewise, it brings up many questions that have yet to be supported by the current body of research, allowing readers to formulate their own hypotheses. Overall, this is a quick read for those interested in basic sport performance strategy.

RATING: ★★★★★

Reviewed by: Erik VanIterson, MS, MBio (University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)

© 2014 American College of Sports Medicine