Performance dispersion for evidence-based classification of stationary throwers

Frossard, Laurent (2012). « Performance dispersion for evidence-based classification of stationary throwers ». Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 36(3), pp. 348-355.

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Background: There is a need for better understanding of the dispersion of classification-related variable to develop an evidence-based classification of athletes with a disability participating in stationary throwing events. Objectives: The purposes of this study are (A) to describe tools designed to comprehend and represent the dispersion of the performance between successive classes, and (B) to present this dispersion for the elite male and female stationary shot-putters who participated in Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Study design: Retrospective study Methods: This study analysed a total of 479 attempts performed by 114 male and female stationary shot-putters in three F30s (F32-F34) and six F50s (F52-F58) classes during the course of eight events during Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Results: The average differences of best performance were 1.46±0.46 m for males between F54 and F58 classes as well as 1.06±1.18 m for females between F55 and F58 classes. The results demonstrated a linear relationship between best performance and classification while revealing two male Gold Medallists in F33 and F52 classes were outliers. Conclusions: This study confirms the benefits of the comparative matrices, performance continuum and dispersion plots to comprehend classification-related variables. The work presented here represents a stepping stone into biomechanical analyses of stationary throwers, particularly on the eve of the London 2012 Paralympic Games where new evidences could be gathered.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: Biomechanics; Athletes with disability; Classification; Performance; Shot-put
Unité d'appartenance: Faculté des sciences > Département de kinanthropologie
Déposé par: Laurent Frossard
Date de dépôt: 23 août 2012 12:57
Dernière modification: 01 nov. 2014 02:22
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