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Title: Middle and long distance athletics races viewed from the perspective of complexity
Authors: García-Manso, Juan M.
Martín-González, Juan M. 
Dávila, Nancy
Arriaza, Enrique
UNESCO Clasification: 241106 Fisiología del ejercicio
Keywords: Performance
Records
Power
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: 0022-5193
Journal: Journal of Theoretical Biology 
Abstract: Middle and long distance athletics races behave as power-laws when time (or average speed) and distance are related, thus suggesting the presence of critical phenomena. Power-laws as a function of the athlete's position in the all-time world ranking allows us to define a Performance Index that reveals the existence of possible multifractal structures associated to the natural barriers to that the athletes tend in their evolution towards better results and in pursuit of world records. The new theories of self-organized critical phenomena provide an explanation for the power-law and fractal structures in systems at, or near, their critical points. In this paper we analyse the athletic races using these theories and as a result of this study a new variety of interpretations are posited.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/43198
ISSN: 0022-5193
DOI: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2004.10.014
Source: Journal of Theoretical Biology[ISSN 0022-5193],v. 233, p. 191-198
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