Book Review : Faster, Higher, Stronger – How Sports Science is creating a new generation of super athletes. Mark McClusky
What can we learn from Sports Science ?
Mark McClusky’s new book, Faster, Higher, Stronger, which was published at the end of last year, is the best book I have come across at answering the question “what we can learn from sports science?”. A really good review of the latest research and technology, written in an easy to read format, it is thoroughly recommended for anyone interested in sport or who is dreaming of competing at the highest level.
Mark McClusky is a journalist and the editor of Wired Magazine in the US. Having previously worked at Sports Illustrated he is ideally placed to give an insight into both the science and the technology behind modern sporting success. The result is a beautifully crafted book, that is both easy to read and manages not to over simplify the science. This means its both entertaining and educational.
As I am predominantly interested in elite junior athletes, I just want to shout read it, read it, read it… to children, coaches and parents. Nowhere else will you find as good a summary of all the little things that count. I believe that it is the taking care of the little things, that makes the difference between making it and not making it. Obviously no one can change their genetics and we won’t all get sponsorship from Red Bull but more intelligent training, making use the latest research and technology and eating properly, will make sure that you have the best chance of remaining uninjured and reach your potential.
Criticisms ? Very little. As a nutritionalist, I would argue there is evidence for the efficacy of more foods than just beetroot. The research on blackcurrants is increasingly exciting (See Chichester University Research) and there are lots and lots of foods that are beneficial in the diet (see natural ergonomic aids). As a Brit, I was totally confused by some of the American sports rules – but then I have really enjoyed finding out more.
Buy it !