The Limits of Human Performance and The Evolution of Athletes

When I was just starting to get involved in athletes, I remember two studies getting a lot of attention. The first stated the the physiological limits of humans meant that the 100-meter world record could not be lower than 9.64 seconds. At the time it was 9.79 seconds. The second was that women were catching up with men in 100-meter performance, and would one day overtake them. Fast forward over 10 years, and we can see that these studies have largely been proved false. For a start, the 100m World Record for men is now 9.58 seconds, faster than was projected to be possible. Secondly, women are not catching men up in performance; if anything men are moving further away.


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  1. Saul Shocket
    Saul Shocket says:

    Whether actively involved or a spectator with interest in human performance potential, the subject is both intriguing and exciting.
    As I read the various predictions either science based or anecdotal observations, most suggestions refer to technological advances or new doping protocols. Lately, I haven’t been hearing as much talk about the potential of various training options, but what I’m not hearing is the potential of innovative psychological methods in this regard. Hypnosis, psycho-cybernetics, meditation etc are possibly just the very beginning of an untapped potential, a much more advanced frontier. SMS


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