Are Athletes Born or Built?



It’s been a long-debated argument in the sports world. Are African American athletes really bigger, faster, and stronger than athletes of other ethnicities? Do African Americans really jump higher? In this highly interactive session, we will explore the many factors that go into this nature vs. nurture dilemma, specifically with regard to football, basketball, and track and field. Through discussion and a fast-paced game of Jeopardy®, we will try to answer these questions by analyzing the recruitment tactics of specific universities with top athletic programs, comparing social influences and regional differences, and evaluating different genetic make-up. Come and check it out!


How to Cite: Salvador, S. (2007) “Are Athletes Born or Built?”, Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity. 8(1).