Run Like You Stole Something: The science behind the score line
There's more to sporting success than raw talent and the luck of the draw.
Explaining the hows and whys of what a spectator sees and a competitor experiences, Justin Kemp and Damian Farrow explain the science behind sports performance. Alongside hardcore data, there are classic anecdotes,fascinating historical facts and bizarre bits of nerdy trivia. Whether your view is from the couch, the stand, or up-close-and-personal on the field, you'll be enlightened and entertained by what really goes on in the wide world of sport.
And in case you're wondering, the not-so-scientific run like you stole something' is the authors' favourite footy yell.
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