KINEMATIC ANALYSIS OF HURDLE CLEARANCE OF 60-M HURDLES IN ELITE HURDLE SPRINTERS DURING WORLD INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010

  • S. Kuitunen
  • S. Poon
Keywords: Athletics, competition analysis, sprinting

Abstract

Previous studies have examined the biomechanical variables of sprint hurdling of world-class athletes (Mero, & Luhtanen, 1986; McDonald, & Dapena, 1991). However, less is known about the factors that differentiate the performance among elite hurdle sprinters. Salo, Grimshaw, & Marar, (1997) compared international and national/county level female hurdlers and found that better hurdlers use greater take-off distance, which enables lower take-off angle and greater horizontal take-off velocity. Our previous analysis between international level hurdlers and decathletes revealed an opposite pattern of greater take-off distance for decathletes than for hurdlers (Kuitunen, Palazzi, Poon, & Peltola, 2007). The present study aims to examine the possible differences in hurdle clearance between different level of elite hurdle sprinters.
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Coaching and Sports Activities