Understanding the influence of population size on athletic performance

FOSTER, L., JAMES, D. and HAAKE, Steve (2010). Understanding the influence of population size on athletic performance. Procedia engineering, 2 (2), 3183-3189.

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Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2010.04.130
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    Abstract

    It is widely accepted that sports technology has made contribution to human athletic performance. In order to quantify the effect of sports technology one must first understand the influence of other factors. Human athletic performance is also related to the number of participants competing. As such it is hypothesised that the size of global human population will be factor in athletic performance. Human performance in running events has been correlated with global gender population size. The data shows exponential decay trends which have been subsequently modelled using an exponential decay function (t = L+aexp-bp). Results show that a further increase in global population will have little or no effect on running performances.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The engineering of sport 8 - engineering emotion. Proceedings of the 8th international conference on the engineering of sport
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2010.04.130
    Page Range: 3183-3189
    Depositing User: Carole Harris
    Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2010 10:32
    Last Modified: 16 Aug 2018 08:14
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2361

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