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Oscar Pistorius' artificial limbs give him clear, major advantage for sprint running
Date:11/17/2009

gues that we interpret to indicate that sprint running performance can be artificially enhanced for those individuals who have two artificial lower limbs, but not at present for those who have only one." For more information see www.smuresearch.com.

Hugh Herr of MIT and Kram were the senior authors of the different interpretation that appeared as part of the written Point-Counterpoint style debate in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

Weyand and Bundle based their conclusions on data indicating:

  • Pistorius' lightweight blades allow him to reposition his limbs 15.7 percent more rapidly than five of the most recent former world-record holders in the 100-meter dash.

  • The springy, lightweight blades allow Pistorius to attain the same sprinting speeds while applying 20 percent less ground force than intact-limb runners.

  • The springy blades reduce the muscle forces Pistorius requires for sprinting to less than half of intact-limb levels.


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Contact: Kim Cobb
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Southern Methodist University
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