Episode 25

David Epstein: Talent, Genetics, and Practice in Youth Sports

Which is it: natural ability or a strong work ethic?

When we watch great athletes perform, we might sometimes assume that they were born with all that talent. Though that may be true to a certain extent, we also don't see the hard work and dedication that got them there in the first place. So which is more important: natural ability or a strong work ethic?

If you ask David Epstein, he’ll probably tell you it’s a little bit of both. As a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated, a former track standout at Columbia University, and the author of The Sports Gene, David knows sports inside and out. In this podcast, he and host Emily Cohen discuss single sport specialization and why talent doesn't necessarily precede training. It's a fascinating conversation you won't want to miss.

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TeamSnap Podcast host, Emily Cohen, dreams of living in a world where kids can enjoy sports for the pleasure of a well-hit ball, a faster time, or a corner goal – one without helicopter parents managing their every move. As a youth sports blogger, she’s been honored to write for TeamSnap for over half a decade, and now she’s taking her wit and wisdom to the airwaves with her new podcast that tackles issues relating to youth sports.

As a Cal grad and long-time Bay Area resident, Emily Cohen knows a thing or two about sports. With two very active teenage athletes, she is well-versed in bleacher-sitting and the conduct of sports parents – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some topics close to her heart include sideline etiquette, injury prevention, and good old-fashioned sportsmanship.

When she’s not on the tennis court, at a game, or managing her kids’ teams, she’s writing snappy marketing copy for technology companies, walking her dog, or learning to play the drums.

Follow Emily’s podcasts and learn more about how to support your children in their athletic pursuits at podcast.teamsnap.com. You can also follow Emily on Twitter at @emilygcohen or email her at [email protected]

Release Date: Feb 23 2015