Best known for his extensive research into the link between exercise science and medicine, world-renowned books such as The Lore of Running and Waterlogged, and more recently his thought-provoking and rather controversial nutritional theories, one can argue that Tim Noakes has made an indelible mark on the world of sport science and nutrition.
Born in Harare, Tim moved to South Africa at an early age and quickly developed a passion for sport, with a particular love for cricket. After earning an MBChB and MD in medicine, Tim was tasked to start a course in sports science at the University of Cape Town and later went on to head the MRC/UCT Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.
It was here that Noakes began researching a condition found in endurance athletes known as ‘exercise-associated hyponatraemia’ (EAH), or ‘over-drinking’. Inspired by the world’s
first such case in a female runner in the 1981 Comrades Marathon, Noakes soon proved that drinking too much during an event can lower blood sodium levels to a life threatening degree.
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