Understanding the influence of population size on athletic performance

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

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Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.proeng.2010.04.130

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: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.proeng.2010.04.130
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2010 11:32
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2010 16:02
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2361

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