A link to nonhuman animals?
Human fascination with performance in large part stems from an obsession over humans’ own athletic abilities, as well as over human limitations. When viewing a hummingbird zip around the yard or a cat perform incredible maneuvers around the house, humans continually marvel at the abilities of nonhuman animals. However, countless people tune in to the Olympics or other athletics events to marvel at the remarkable achievements of human athletes. This chapter first examines how human athletic performance is shaped through morphology, training, or other means, such as performance-enhancing drugs like steroids. It then goes on to compare humans to nonhuman animals in this regard.
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