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Need-to-know! The brain, not the body, separates winners from second place finishers:

Need-to-know! The brain, not the body, separates winners from second place finishers:

What separates winners from second-place finishers By Scott Douglas Photo credit: shutterstock.com Roger Bannister, the first to break 4:00 in the mile, said, "The great barrier is the mental hurdle." The brain, not the body, is what separates winners from second-place finishers, and is the primary limiting factor in any individuals’ endurance performance. That's a (really) rough summation of a new paper by Tim Noakes, author of Lore of Running , on his central-governor theory. That theory holds that the brain acts to protect the body in challenging physical situations, such as the final portion of races. That's a tough theory to test via traditional scientific means. Nonetheless, Noakes certainly has support from elites on what separates the top few in the world from runners with similar physical gifts. For example, here's Derek Clayton, the first to break 2:09 in the mar...

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