Study Shows Some Paralympic Sprinters May Have It Harder Than Others
A new study determined left leg amputee athletes may be at a competitive disadvantage during races because the track forces them to turn left.By Grant Suneson | March 16, 2016
With the 2016 Paralympic Games coming up in September, researchers may have found evidence that some paralympic sprinters are at a major disadvantage.
A University of Colorado, Boulder study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology investigated whether it's harder for left leg amputee runners to turn left while sprinting around a curved track.
200 and 400 meter races are run counterclockwise, forcing sprinters to turn left. Runners with left leg amputations have to use their prosthesis to change direction, which generates less force and costs them precious time.