Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career

Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career

by Tim Noakes

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770224612
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Publication date: 03/05/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 420
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Prof. Tim Noakes has published more than 750 scientific books and articles. He has been cited more than 16 000 times in scientific literature, has an h-index of 71 and is rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of South Africa. After coming across research which denounced current international dietary guidelines as fallacy and being left frustrated by a decline in his own health, Prof. Noakes started researching the effects of carbohydrates, proteins and fats on the human race. His research convinced him that a high-fat, low-carb diet is the healthiest option for many.

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Acknowledgements Tim Noakes viii

Author's Note Michael Vlismas xiv

Abbreviations xvi

Part 1 Looking For The Mountains 1

1 The Sanctity of the Run 3

2 Finding my Design 10

3 Deciding on a Career 22

4 The History of Sports Science 37

5 The Role of the Doctor 44

Part 2 Waterlogged 51

6 A Global Obsession 53

7 The Science of Hydration 61

8 The Running Boom 78

9 The Growth of EAH as a Global Phenomenon 91

Part 3 Nutrition 101 111

10 The Facts They Don't Want You to Know 113

11 The Key Rules of Nutrition 122

12 Welcome to the CR Family 145

Part 4 Tackling The Risk In Rugby 149

13 A Battle to Make Rugby Safer 151

14 An Unhealthy Obsession 164

15 The Recent Rise of South African Rugby 182

Part 5 Thinking Cricket 225

16 Challenging Conventional Theories 227

17 The Bradman Project 234

18 The Science of Batting 248

19 The Physiology of Cricket 256

20 The Introduction of Science into South African Cricket 262

21 A Friendship with Gary Kirsten 279

Part 6 The Central Governor 293

22 It's All in the Mind: It's Not about Your Body 295

23 The Power of the Mind 330

Part 7 Tim Noakes On 347

24 Coaching the Coaches 349

25 Bruce Fordyce and Lessons on Overtraining 356

26 The Springboks Are Overplayed 360

27 Doping 362

28 Why the Kenyans Are such Good Runners 365

Bibliography 369

Index 381

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