The Science of Sports

As the Cold War chilled U.S. political and economic relations with Russia, American sports analyst Michael Yessis maintained a kind of quiet detente through the world of athletics.

Yessis, the son of Russian parents, was an avid athlete and a professor at Cal State University, Fullerton, where he specialized in biomechanics and sports conditioning and training.

While U.S. sports teams relied on natural talent, Yessis learned that their Russian counterparts were cultivating better athletes through rigorous analysis and training. Soviet coaches broke sports down to individual movements, and then refined and perfected each motion to help athletes become stronger, faster and more resilient to injury.



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