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The aim of this study was to identify the presence and performance implication of asymmetry within the skeleton push start. Motion data were captured on 13 international skeleton athletes, using a custom 9-camera computer vision system. 6 maximal effort pushes were captured allowing the reconstruction of a 0–15 m push. Intra-limb differences for spatiotemporal variables and the change in velocity (ΔV) across a step were analysed. A negative relationship existed between 5 – 15 m split time and ΔV across a stride. Athletes who maximise their velocity across a stride were more likely to perform well in the skeleton push start. Though athletes employed different strategies based on inside and outside leg ΔV to achieve their performance outcome.

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