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CarnegieXchange - Judging the Judges: Scientific and educational support in race walking

Dr Athanassios Bissas, Dr Brian Hanley and Dr Catherine Tucker discuss the processes involved in putting the project together, the challenges of objective measurements in race walk judging, and the trends they have found amongst the world’s most experienced judges.

Race walking is a highly technical event with its own unique gait patterns, determined by its rules and the body’s attempts to maximise speed. Judges are integral to race walking in maintaining fairness for all competitors. Judging the race walk accurately is a visual search task that is objective by its very nature.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate decisions made by judges when observing videos of race walkers through comparisons with advanced biomechanical measurements. Athletes from 12 nations were tested in our biomechanics laboratories during three specially organised training camps in 2017. The videos were uploaded to the Qualtrics online survey system for judges to review, along with questions on their experience and qualifications.

Event Details

14 February 2018 -
14 February 2018
Leeds Beckett University, 118 Cavendish Hall, Headingely Campus
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