Co-Founder and Executive Co-Director, Sports Science Institute of South Africa
Director, UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM), Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town
Professor, Discovery Health Chair of Exercise and Sports Science, University of Cape Town
Professor Tim Noakes is a world leader in sport science, co-founding the Sport Science Institute of South Africa. He is author of the Lore of Running, known as the runner’s bible, as well as the recently released Challenging Beliefs and Waterlogged.
About Professor Timothy Noakes
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Prof Noakes studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT), obtaining a MBChB degree and an MD and DSc (Med) in Exercise Science. He is rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of South Africa and received the Order of Mapungubwe, Silver, from the President of South Africa for his “excellent contribution in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise”.
His latest books are The Art and Science of Cricket, which he co-authored with Bob Woolmer and which was published in 2008, and Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career, which was published in September 2011. He has most recently completed Waterlogged: The serious problem of overhydration in endurance sports, a book on the science of drinking during exercise and how this “science” was commercially manipulated with some fatal consequences. He has written many other books and is currently authoring one on nutrition. Noakes has published more than 450 scientific publications and in 2003 received the UCT Book Award for Lore of Running (4th Edition), considered to be the “bible of the sport”.
Highly acclaimed in his field and having been physically active all his life, running more than 70 marathons and ultra-marathons, including seven 90km Comrades Marathons, Noakes, now aged 64, still takes part in races up to 21kms.
Professor Tim Noakes was the team doctor for the Proteas Cricket Team in the 1996 Cricket World Cup and assisted long distance swimmer, Lewis Pugh, in cold water swims in the Arctic and Antarctic and at the North Pole.
- Challenging Beliefs: Memoirs of a Career
- Lore of Running
- Bob Woolmer’s Art and Science of Cricket
Conference Presentation: Brain regulation and exercise performance
It is traditionally taught that exercise performance is limited by muscular fatigue as a result of lactic acid accumulation in high intensity exercise or depletion of muscle glycogen stores in prolonged exercise, but both explanations ignore the presence of the human brain, i.e. it is a brainless physiology.
Since 1996 we have proposed an alternate theory, that human exercise performance under all conditions is regulated “in anticipation” by the brain, the key function of which is to ensure that exercise performance ends without bodily harm. There is growing acceptance that the brainless model is not a good explanation for the complexity of human exercise regulation.
In this talk I will present a full review of how we came to believe in this central governor model of exercise and how it best explains what is currently known about human exercise performance.
After this presentation conference participants will:
- Understand the role of the brain in regulating human exercise performance.
- Know how this knowledge influences our understanding of fatigue.
- Know how this knowledge influences our approach to coaching and training in all sports.
- Monday 21 October 2013. 3PM–4:30PM AEST (UTC +1000)
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