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Category

Implement sports

Document Type

Paper

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate characteristics of the skeleton start motion from the viewpoint of step frequency and step length. Twenty-six male and twenty female skeleton athletes at international competitions were videotaped and analysed their start motion with the three-dimensional DLT method. There were high significant correlations between the start time and the goal time in both men (r = 0.947, p < 0.001) and women (r = 0.741, p < 0.001). As for the start time, men showed a significant correlation with the step length at the 1st step (r = -0.606, p < 0.01) while women showed significant correlations with the step frequency at the 1st (r = -0.475, p < 0.05), 3rd (r = -0.497, p < 0.05) and 5th (r = -0.471, p < 0.05) step. These result indicated that men emphasized step length at the 1st step, while women relied more on step frequency.

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