The Perfection Point

The Perfection Point : Sport Science Predicts the Fastest Man, the Highest Jump, and the Limits of Athletic Performance

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In The Perfection Point, John Brenkus, host and creator of ESPN's Emmy Award-winning "Sport Science," uses hard data and scientific research to uncover the absolute limits of human performance. The Perfection Point is ideal for sports fans interested in the scientific basis of athletic excellence and a fascinating read for science fans interested in the physics of sports.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 134.62 x 198.12 x 22.86mm | 340.19g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061845493
  • 9780061845499
  • 883,958

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This stuff is catnip to a sports fan. --The Week"
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What's the fastest a human can run the 100-meter sprint?
What's the longest a human can hold his breath?
What are the limits of human performance?

Until 1954, common wisdom and scientific knowledge considered a sub-four-minute mile an impossible feat for a human. But then Roger Bannister broke that mark, followed quickly by a host of other athletes. Today the world record stands at 3 minutes, 43 seconds, yet even that number doesn't tell the full story of how fast humans can run a mile--records are a mark of how well people have done, not how well they can do.

In this fascinating and thought-provoking book, John Brenkus ventures across the sports world to provide an in-depth look at the absolute limits of human performance. For years, coaches, pundits, and experts have speculated about the extremes of human ability. The Perfection Point finally provides the answers.
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