Saturday, July 9, 2011

Good Sprinters Have Long Toes, Better Achilles

A study finds that successful sprinters have longer toes and Achilles tendons which produce less leverage than non-athletes of similar height. But why?

Longer toe length allows sprinters to maintain maximum contact with the ground while pushing off the starting block. Achilles tendons having less leverage allows leg muscles to produce greater force.

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