Tim Noakes

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Professor Tim Noakes of the University of Cape Town, South Africa
Professor Tim Noakes is a world-renowned researcher from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Professor Noakes is a co-founder and executive director of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. He is an author, respected academic and A1 rated scientist who has long been acknowledged as an expert in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise.

Professor Noakes is a Director of UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (ESSM).

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On Lewis Pugh's Arctic and Antarctic swims, Professor Noakes recorded Pugh's ability to raise his core body temperature by nearly 2°C in anticipation of entering the freezing water. He coined the phrase "anticipatory thermo-genesis" (the creation of heat before an event). This phenomenon had not been noted in any other human. Pugh believes it is a Pavlovian Response to years of cold water swimming.

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