IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/ids/injams/v3y2011i1p97-120.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

Limit to improvement in running and swimming

Author

Listed:
  • Yu Sang Chang
  • Seung Jin Baek

Abstract

Can human performance continue to improve indefinitely? Or improvement will eventually slow down due to the existence of maximum limit? In this paper, the world records of 61 sport events in running and swimming through the last hundred years have been analysed to answer the question about the limit of human performance. The maximum limit for individual sport event has been estimated by the use of non-linear regression models. A new concept of 'time to limit' is developed to measure the number of years to reach the maximum limit. The averaged 'time to limit' for the 61 sport events is calculated in the range of 7.48 to 10.55 years. This study concludes with a number of policy implications for the local and national sport associations as well as for the international rule-setting federations. This study concludes that the time to limit projection made in this report is likely to be altered by the future rule changes to be made by the international federations.

Suggested Citation

  • Yu Sang Chang & Seung Jin Baek, 2011. "Limit to improvement in running and swimming," International Journal of Applied Management Science, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 3(1), pages 97-120.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:injams:v:3:y:2011:i:1:p:97-120
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL: http://www.inderscience.com/link.php?id=37710
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:ids:injams:v:3:y:2011:i:1:p:97-120. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Carmel O'Grady). General contact details of provider: http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalID=286 .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.