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More than a memoir
on 16 December 2012
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.