Sports Genes & Talent Development: Skills Expert Joe Baker

Talent Identification & Skill Development
We’re happy to have Joe Baker back on the show. Joe is a sport scientist at York University in Toronto, Canada. He has a PhD and specializes in human skill acquisition, and talent identification and development.

We go around the houses several times in this interview, talking about nature versus nurture, whether or not there is such a thing as a sports gene, the famous 10,000 hours hypothesis of skill development, Canadian hockey, American basketball, you name it.
Among Joe’s most recent publications, he co-edited the book Developing Sport Expertise: Researchers and Coaches Put Theory into Practice, which is available on Amazon. And co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Sport Expertise coming out in April 2015.

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Topics: The sports gene, talent identification, skill acquisition, skill development, genetics in sports, Joe Baker, Daniel Coyle, Malcolm Gladwell, David Epstein, Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Bill Bellicheck, talent ID