Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Central Governor theory - a protective mechanism

I have a question for you: when you are running a race, who controls your output? Who decides how how fast you can and cannot go in the prevailing race conditioning?

Most of us would say that we decide on things like pace and output because it is our body we are pushing.

Well, think again.

Although this Central Governor theory, a term first coined by Dr. Tim Noakes at the Sports Science institute in South Africa more than a decade ago, has been around for a while now, it goes against much of what we have learned about the human movement and exercise physiology.

IN this interview, Dr. Thomas Rowland very succinctly describes exactly what the theory is and why it is relevant in less than 3 minutes.

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