Are athletes on the right track? The effect of availability of an all-weather athletics track on athletics performance (2017)
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In February of 2011, an earthquake destroyed the only all-weather athletics track in the city of Christchurch (New Zealand). The track has yet to be replaced, and so since the loss of the track, local Christchurch athletes have only had a grass track for training and preparation for championship events. This paper considers what effect the loss of the training facility has had on the performance of athletes from Christchurch at national championship events. Not surprisingly, the paper finds that there has been a deterioration in the performance in events that are heavily dependent upon the all-weather surface. However, somewhat more surprisingly, the loss of the track appears to have caused a significant improvement in the performance of Christchurch athletes in events that, while on the standard athletics program, are not heavily track dependent.
CitationWatt R, Hogan S (2017). Are athletes on the right track? The effect of availability of an all-weather athletics track on athletics performance. Sport in Society. 1-12.
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Keywordssports economics; athletics facilities
ANZSRC Fields of Research11 - Medical and Health Sciences::1106 - Human Movement and Sports Science::110699 - Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
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