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ERIC Number: ED262014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 19
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The Relationship between Record Setting Athletic Performance and Biorhythms.
Ojanlatva, Ansa T. T.
This study sought to determine to what extent the setting of university records in objectively measurable performances in track and field, and in swimming, exceeded normal probability during the positive phases of the record setters' biorhythm cycle. According to the biorhythm theory, the positive period of these cycles would be the best times for record athletic performance. Two hundred and nine athletes participated in the study, 158 males and 51 females, ranging between the ages of 17 and 28. Seven statistical hypotheses were tested with a chi-square analysis. None of these hypotheses could be rejected. The analysis indicated that none of the biorhythms or their combinations appear to be a contributing factor in athletic record setting performance at the .05 level of significance. It is concluded that there is no reason to believe that university record setting would be influenced by biorhythms in any manner. Recommendations are made in regard to the future studying and use of biorhythms. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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