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Male powerlifting perfomance described from the viewpoint of complex systems
Year:2008
Research Areas
  • Physical education and sport
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Abstract
This paper reflects on the factors that condition performance in powerlifting and proposes that the result-generating process is inadequately described by the allometric equations commonly used. We analysed the scores of 1812 lifters belonging to all body mass categories, and analysed the changes in the results achieved in each weight category and by each competitor. Current performancepredicting methods take into account biological variables, paying no heed to other competition features. Performance in male powerlifting (as in other strength sports) behaves as a self-organised system with non-linear interactions between its components. Thus, multiple internal and external elements must condition changes in a competitor’s score, the most important being body mass, body size, the number of practitioners, and the concurrency of favourable factors in one individual. It was observed that each behaved in a specific form in the high level, according to the individuals’ circumstances, which make up the main elements of the competitive system in every category. In powerlifting, official weight categories are generally organised in three different groups: light (o52.0 to o60 kg), medium (o67.5 to o90.0 kg) and heavy (o100 to 4125 kg) lifter categories, each one of them with specific allometric exponents. The exponent should be revised periodically, especially with regard to the internal dynamics of the category, and adjusted according to possible changes affecting competition.
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Title
JOURNAL OF THEORETICAL BIOLOGY
ISBN
0022-5193
Impact factor JCR
2,323
Impact info
Volume
251
Journal number
3
From page
498
To page
508
Month
ENERO
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Participants
  • Autor: DIANA VAAMONDE (University of Córdoba)
  • Autor: JUAN MANUEL MARTÍN-GONZÁLEZ (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
  • Autor: Fco. Javier Calderon Montero (UPM)
  • Autor: MARZO EDIR SILVA-GRIGOLETTO (Andalusian Center of Sports Medicine)
  • Autor: Pedro Jose Benito Peinado (UPM)
  • Autor: JUAN MANUEL GARCÍA-MANSO (Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Grupo de Inv. del Laboratorio de Fisiología del Esfuerzo
  • Departamento: Salud y Rendimiento Humano
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