Convergence and Divergence of Performances Across the Athletic Events for Men and Women: A cross-sectional study 1960 – 2012

Ian Heazlewood, Joseph Walsh

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    Abstract

    There is a perception that performances in athletic events, such as the sprints, throws distance and hurdles events are converging for the top athletes in each event where access to quality training methods and performances at international competitions are readily available for international ranked athletes. Some researchers cite biological reasons that may explain the suggested convergent tends in athletics. The research hypothesis and aim was to evaluate if performance convergence was occurring using the method of regression analysis of the mean of standard deviations, an index of performance dispersion or divergence, for the top 20 male and female athletes across the majority of athletic events from years 1960 to 2012. The results indicated that most male events have reached stasis, neither converging nor diverging whereas female events are currently undergoing performance convergence. Factors such as access to high performance coaches, sports scientist, relevant sports nutritionists and quality medical support are producing the level playing field that is now so level that minimal performance diversity exists between the top 20 male athletes across many events. The reverse situation applies to female athletes who are still displaying performance convergence and who are progressing towards a level playing field.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Computer Science in Sport (ISCSS)
    EditorsPaul Chung, Andrea Soltoggio, Christian W Dawson, Qinggang Meng, Matthew Pain
    Place of PublicationUnknown
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages145-151
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-24560-7
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-24558-4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    Event10th International Symposium on Computer Science in Sport (ISCSS 2015) - Loughborough, UK, Loughborough, United Kingdom
    Duration: 9 Sep 201511 Sep 2015

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
    PublisherSpringer
    Volume392
    ISSN (Print)2194-5357

    Conference

    Conference10th International Symposium on Computer Science in Sport (ISCSS 2015)
    Abbreviated titleIACSS/ISCSS 2015
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityLoughborough
    Period9/09/1511/09/15

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    Heazlewood, I., & Walsh, J. (2016). Convergence and Divergence of Performances Across the Athletic Events for Men and Women: A cross-sectional study 1960 – 2012. In P. Chung, A. Soltoggio, C. W. Dawson, Q. Meng, & M. Pain (Eds.), Proceedings of the 10th International Symposium on Computer Science in Sport (ISCSS) (pp. 145-151). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 392). Unknown: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24560-7_18