28 Nov '16, 4pm

How Weight Affects Your Race Times

How Weight Affects Your Race Times

Shalaya Kipp won the NCAA steeplechase title in 2012, and then went on to compete in the London Olympics. She was fourth in the steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials this year. She’s currently pursuing an master’s degree at Colorado after studying psychology and integrative physiology as an undergrad. Hoogkamer thought her running and psychology background could help Kipp design a “deception procedure” for his light versus heavy shoes conundrum. It did. In their experiment , Hoogkamer, Kipp, and colleagues used identical-looking pairs of 5.4-ounce Nike Zoom Streak 5 shoes. Identical looking…but then came the deception. Some of the shoes had 100-gram weights sewn into the tongue and side pockets, and some had an additional 300 grams on board. Because subjects might have felt these weights while pulling on the shoes and lacing them, this was forbidden. Subjects never touch...

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