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TRACK ATHLETICS AND MUSCLE PHYSIOLOGY
Records in track athletics have gradually improved, notwithstanding the fact that men predicted twenty years ago that the height of ability had been reached. The human mind is ingenious. Improvements in style of running and in training have permitted records to be lowered again and again. Previous to 1888 it was customary for runners to start standing up. In that year a Yale athlete, C. H. Cherrill, first used the crouching start. He won his race and since that time almost all sprinters have used the crouch in their start. It is said that the starting blocks were invented by Bresnahan, the track coach of Iowa. These were originally designed to keep athletes from digging holes in the track for their feet. A study of their value, however, indicates that they permit a faster start because of their firmness, the average advantage being about
Current Comment. JAMA. 1935;104(12):1010–1011. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760120052017
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