Sunday, March 04, 2007

Training, discipline and Myelin: How to make a star athlete

The New York Times has a long story on how to create top-notch athletes. The story is based on a tennis academy in Moscow that has produced 4 Top 10 women's tennis players in the last five years. The story also covers something called Myelin which supposedly stores the skills knowledge in the brain.

This could explain why we've never produced any top-class sportspeople in India outside of cricket. People do start early - lots of kids start swimming, badminton and ping-pong pretty early. But no one meets the other criteria:
1. Top class technique and coaches
2. Constent training for at least 10 years (ages 7-17 for women and 9-19 for men).

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