Friday, 21 August 2009

Bigger Means Better if your Goal is to be Faster

An interesting article from Duke University states that atheletes, particularly in speed oriented sports, are getting bigger. In a word, 'Bolt':

  • “The trends revealed by our analysis suggest that speed records will continue to be dominated by heavier and taller athletes,” said Charles, who worked with senior author Adrian Bejan, engineering professor who came up with the constructal theory 13 years ago. The results of their analysis were published online in the Journal of Experimental Biology. “We believe that this is due to the constructal rules of animal locomotion and not the contemporary increase in the average size of humans.”

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