Author Tackles Controversial Aspect of Sports, Genes and Ethnicity

David Epstein discusses the findings in his book, "The Sports Gene," on "GMA."
2:28 | 08/07/13

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We're going to turn to a book that all parents with kids that play sport want to know about. It's called "the sport gene." I talked to the author, david epstein, about his headline-grabbing book. It includes whether nature or nurture makes the best athlete. And whether sommet nick groups are better suited to succeed at athletics. From kenya, we're used to thinking of all kenyans being great runners. When I visited. It's one tiny tribe that makes up 10% to 11% of the runners there. And one thing they have their ancestry, low latitude. They have extremely long limbs, proportion to their body size. That's an evolutionary adaptation for cooling. What about the taboo subject that certain ethnic groups are predisposed. More there's an evolutionary fluke that allowed people to get by, that can aplied athletically. And they're worse app other things. You and i, europeans, have longer torsos. That's better for swimming. He has extremely short legs. Michael helps is 6'4" and has the same inseam of the guy that's 5'9". And a lot of people watching at home, the idea of the specialized athlete. The kid who is playing the club, year-round, as opposed to someone of my vintage. Somebody who played all sports seasonally. What did you find makes the best athlete? There's some evidence in certain parts, gymnastics. Golf. Other sports, acquiring a range of skills through your teen years, benefits athletes later on. Look at a guy like steve nash. Didn't get a basketball until he was 33 years old. The best thing to do is to sample. Find the best fit for your unique genome. And look at the mid teen years. Figure out your skill set. And go find the sport that emphasizes it. It's a fascinating book. We could spend hours on it. IT IS "THE SPORTS est Text1 plain CC1 Test message

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