David Epstein: Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?
With the Rio Olympics upon us and going strong we at ThinkTank Learning think are students are academic athletes so it’s only natural we share one of our favorite TED Talk by David Epstein who is a Sports Science Reporter. Over the last 10 years there has been proven facts about how we as a society have gotten faster, stronger and more intelligent. But we should not be too self-congratulatory because so many factors are at play and not just one’s natural born talent.
For example Michael Phelps Olympic Swimmer has won 21 of his 25 gold medals and continues to dominate the competition. Phelps consumes an insane amount of calories because he burns so much off while training. We at TTL think our students should also eat a balanced diet because they are training their brains to be successful in school and life. He also maintains a healthy balance of family time with his son Boomer and his wife Nicole.
Simone Biles is another star athlete for the Olympic team and she is on track to win 5 gold for the USA Gymnastics team. Her focus and dedication to her craft is remarkable. She not only balances her training but she loves to watch television shows like Pretty Little Liars.
We at TTL believe in academic work life balance. But most student athletes will tell you that being in an organized sport will provide you with a sense of life skills and community it also will teach study skills and the importance of community with a lot of hard work.
If you think about it being a student and getting into the college of your dream is an Olympic style sport and it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. TTL can help you reach your dreams and full potential.
Have we truly evolved as a human race into a better athlete? Is this because of environmental factors or because we have had to adapt watch Epstein’s TED Talk? Decide for yourself and comment on the article to tell us what your favorite Olympic Sport is.