ERIC Number: ED175821
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of Elite Decathlon Performances.
Freeman, William H.
This analysis involved the ten events of the men's decathlon in all performances which scored 8,000 points or higher, based on the 1962 Scoring Tables of the International Amateur Athletic Federation. It attempted to (1) determine the interrelationships among the events and the final scores, (2) look for areas of difference compared to sub-8,000 point performers, and (3) decide whether the performance levels can be predicted on the basis of significantly fewer events. Compared to earlier performances, the results were more balanced in relation to the scoring tables, and the correlations among and between the events and the final scores were generally lower than in previous studies. In addition, it seems that elite-level athletes turn in a more balanced performance in their non-specialty events than do lesser competitors, and that in training the higher-level decathlete, early attention towards developing all ten events equally towards an optimal skill level should be encouraged. It also appears that the use of predictive formulae are of little value when considering elite-level competition. (Author/LH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (New Orleans, Louisiana, March 1979)