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Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career [Kindle Edition]

Tim Noakes , Michael Vlismas
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Tim Noakes is one of the world’s leading authorities on the science behind sport and a successful sportsman in his own right. Through a lifetime of research, he has developed key scientific concepts in sport that have not only redefined the way elite athletes and teams approach their professions, but challenged conventional global thinking in these areas. In this new and updated edition of Challenging Beliefs, Noakes shares his views on everything from the myths perpetuated by the sports-drink industry to the prevalence of banned substances, the need to make rugby a safer sport and the benefits of a high-protein, low-carb diet. The teams and athletes with whom Noakes has worked make fascinating backdrops to these topics, highlighting the importance of science in sport in human terms. In providing an intimate look at the golden threads running through Noakes’s life and career, this remarkable book reveals the landmark theories and principles generated by one of the greatest minds in the history of sports science.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3535 KB
  • Print Length: 393 pages
  • Publisher: Zebra Press (Random House Struik); 1 edition (5 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KZS5OQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,783 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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All serious runners have made an acquaintance with Tim Noake’s opus magnum, The Lore of Running albeit fleetingly. But what one is not aware of is that Time Noake’s is more than merely a writer on running propounding the sage & epiphanous thoughts of the greats whether as runners or as scientists. Instead Tim Noake’s must surely rank as one of the giants of Medical Exercise Research in his own right. As well as being co-founder of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, he is also a world renowned researcher in his own right.

By adopting the path less travelled in his endeavour to establish the truth, he clashed with the titans of the medical fraternity, being ridiculed at every turn. The longest of these ongoing wars lasted an incredible 30 years before he was finally vindicated.

This conflict is dealt with in the section entitled Waterlogged. Over 100 pages Tim details how he serendipitously discovered that the accepted orthodoxy – partly as the result of research by two eminent South Africans - that heatstroke was caused by dehydration. By confusing correlation with causation, they then made the leap that dehydration during exercise was fatal unless one drank to excess prior to becoming thirsty. They took it even further & postulated that in endurance events one had to “water load” days in advance. They advocated drinking one litre of water per hour for days before the event.

Despite having had no cases of athletes dying during marathon since its re-introduction in 1896, this maxim was readily adopted by the nascent sport. This immediately resulted in the first death on the Comrades. By chance the attending doctor in Durban decided to first test the remaining two athletes’ salt levels. Both were far below accepted norms.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More than a memoir 16 Dec. 2012
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This is not only a memoir but also goes into some of the areas of research that Noakes has been involved in.

The start of the book is almost a history of sports science, as Noakes has been involved in the field for over 40 years, it is also interesting to see how serendipity, curiosity ans luck play a role in someones career.

I found the sections on hydration, low carb nutrition, the central governor model and coaching the most engaging. I skimmed through the part on cricket, as I don't have an interest in cricket and this part of the book went on too long for my liking, having said that even the analysis of batting technique was interesting. Rugby is another sport I really don't follow, but this section was also informative and Noakes's writing style make it an easy read.

The graphs and charts are small and not always easy to read in the kindle edition.

What come across most is how much politics, individual beliefs, perceived wisdom and corporate interests influence science, sports science and coaching.

Its always a good sign when a book leaves you wanting more, for example, the chapters on low carb nutrition and coaching could easly be expanded into books in their own right which I would buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 29 July 2013
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Enjoyed reading it from start to finish but will also go back and read sections over and over again. Interesting man with a lot to say!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book 6 Jun. 2014
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Well worth a read if you have even a glimmer of interest in different views on sports excellence. Tim is a genius
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