The Athlete's Clock

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The Athlete's Clock: How Biology and Time Affect Sport PerformanceThomas Rowland
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232 pages

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The Athlete’s Clock: How Biology and Time Affect Sport Performance explores ways in which time and its relationship to athletic effort optimize sport performance.

The Athlete’s Clock offers an engaging, interdisciplinary consideration of some of the most compelling questions in sport and exercise science. This unique text takes a broad look at the physiological clock, offering students, researchers, coaches, and athletes a unique approach to understanding how various aspects of time affect sport performance.

The Athlete’s Clock: How Biology and Time Affect Sport Performance blends physiological, psychological, and philosophical perspectives to provide an intelligent and whimsical look at the effects of timing in sport and exercise. This text seeks to provoke thought and further research that look at the relationship between biology, time, and performance as well as an understanding of and appreciation for the intricacies of human potential.

It explores the ways in which time and its relationship to athletic effort can optimize sport performance. Readers can investigate challenging questions such as these:

Readers will find information on the mechanisms by which time influences physiological function—such as running speeds and muscle activation—and how those mechanisms can be used in extending the limits of motor activity. Chapter introductions cue readers to the ideas addressed in the chapter, and sidebars throughout present amusing or unusual examples of sport and timing within various contexts. In addition, take-home messages at the end of each chapter summarize important findings and research that readers may apply in their own lives.

Addressing one of the most intriguing questions in sports, a conversational interview with athlete development expert, anthropologist, and sport scientist Bob Malina covers the timely topic of sport identification and talent development. The interview is an engaging discussion of how and when talent identification should take place and how talent development for young, promising athletes might proceed. The Athlete’s Clock: How Biology and Time Affect Sport Performance also considers how time throughout one’s life span alters motor function, particularly in the later years.

About the Author

Thomas W. Rowland, MD, is director of pediatric cardiology at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he established an exercise testing laboratory. The author of Children’s Exercise Physiology, Second Edition, and editor of the journal Pediatric Exercise Science, he has extensive research experience in exercise physiology of children.

Rowland has served as president of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (NASPEM) and was on the board of trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He is past president of the New England chapter of the ACSM and received the ACSM Honor Award in 1993.

Since receiving BS and MD degrees from the University of Michigan in 1965 and 1969, Rowland has been an assistant and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester (1977 to 1990) and an assistant and associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston (1975 to the present). He is professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine and a past adjunct professor of exercise science at the University of Massachusetts.

Rowland is a competitive tennis player and distance runner. He and his wife, Margot, reside in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis, running, and acting.

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A resource for sport science researchers and academic libraries as well as athletes and coaches seeking information on improving sport performance through an understanding of the physiological factors that affect athletes. Also a text for students in exercise physiology and other disciplines within kinesiology.

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