COMPARISONS OF SPATIOTEMPORAL PARAMETERS OF 100-M SPRINT AMONG ELITE-, SUB-ELITE AND NON-ELITE AMPUTEE SPRINTERS

Hiroaki Hobara, Satoru Hashizume, Yoshiyuki Kobayashi, Masaaki Mochimaru

Abstract


We investigated differences of the spatiotemporal parameters in a 100-m sprint among elite, sub-elite, and non-elite sprinters with a unilateral transtibial amputation. Using publicly available Internet broadcasts, we analyzed 125, 19, and 33 records from 30 elite, 12 sub-elite, and 22 non-elite sprinters, respectively. Average speed, step frequency, and step length were calculated Average speed was greatest in elite sprinters, followed by the sub-elite and non-elite groups. Although there was no significant differences in average step frequency, the average step length was longest in elite sprinters, followed by the sub-elite and non-elite groups. These results suggest that the differences in sprint performance between the three groups is mainly due to the average step length rather than step frequency.

Keywords


prosthetic sprinting; running-specific prostheses; Paralyrnpic games

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ISSN 1999-4168