27 Jun '15, 4pm

"physiologically-gifted athletes who lack mental toughness and capacity will be good but never excellent"

Interesting times and debates over the last week, where we discussed the issue of nature vs. nurture. It stimulated a good response, and some divided opinion, though most will probably agree that truly great performances are the result of a combination of genetic potential meeting hard work. Few would suggest that great sporting performances are entirely the result of a genetic gift that requires no training, and very few (the hopeless romantics) would suggest that anyone can be successful, regardless of their “natural talent” (a loaded word, as I’m sure you’ve come to realise). For our part, we lean more towards the talent side of things when it comes to “physiologically-determined sports” (a made-up concept, I confess) like sprinting, cycling, distance running. In these sports, success without some cluster of genetic and hence physiological advantages is highly unlikely....

Full article: http://sportsscientists.com/2009/01/mind-over-matter/

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