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An Examination of Sprint Times Among Para Athletes with Running-Specific Prostheses

Shanna A. Barrow, Jeremy J. Foreman, Joshua R. Pate


The purpose of this study was to compare sprint times among Paralympic athletes and Olympic athletes to better understand the differences in athletic performance among male athletes of differing abilities. Data from Olympic and Paralympic Games from 1988 to 2016 were examined to determine sprint times from able-bodied athletes and athletes with lower-limb amputations. Results showed that able-bodied competitors performed better than athletes using running-specific protheses (RSPs) in all sprint events. The criticism that RSPs provide a competitive advantage in athletics, specifically in sprinting events, is unfounded based on historical results. Implications of these results are discussed.

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Disability sport; prosthetic; Paralympic Games; Olympic Games; athletics

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