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Title: Some Physics Constraints on Ultimate Achievement in Track and Field (Alternate title: Understanding and Misunderstanding the Physics of Sports or "Where do World Records in Track and Field come From?

World records in track and field have improved remarkably throughout the last 100 years; however, in several events physics places quite strict limitations on ultimate performance. For example, analysis suggests that records in broad jump and pole vault have approached their optimum possible values. Physical constraints are more subtle for events such as javelin, high jump, and the distance races, and thus there may be opportunities for 'breakthroughs' in current records. Considering that there is enormous cultural interest and economic expenditure on sports, for most events the level of scientific analysis isn't very high. This presents a research opportunity for fans who are engineers or physicists.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. (University of Texas at Austin)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1007459
DOE Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359
Resource Type:
Multimedia
Resource Relation:
Conference: Fermilab Colloquia, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batvia, Illinois (United States), presented on February 06, 2002
Research Org:
FNAL (Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States))
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; 60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES; ECONOMICS; ENGINEERS; EXPENDITURES; LEISURE TIME ACTIVITIES; PERFORMANCE; PHYSICS; PHYSIOLOGY