A Comparison of Age Average of Iranian Medal Winners in Olympic and Asian Games to their Counterparts from Selected Countries
Winter 2015, Vol 3 - No 4 (7 صفحه - از 69 تا 75)
"c o m e - I S S N : 2 3 2 2 – 4 4 7 9 p - I S S N : 2 4 7 6 – 4 9 8 1 Short Communication Received: 01/09/2015 Accepted: 23/12/2015 A Comparison of Age Average of Iranian Medal Winners in Olympic and Asian Games to their Counterparts from Selected Countries 1Shiva Jahani Golbar, 2Reza Gharakhanlou, 3Sara Barmaki, 3Ali Khazani, 4Mahdi Khorshidi-Hosseini 1. Thus, this study attempts to compare age averages of Iranian Olympic and Asian games medal winners to champions of various countries from different athletic disciplines to heighten the awareness of athletes, trainers and professionals in this regard and help them in the development of sophisticated and regular plans to facilitate transition from physiological peak to performance peak and demonstrate age as a relative indicator for future planning and prediction. The lowest average for men were observed in table tennis, aquatics, gymnastics, boxing, taekwondo, pentathlon, soccer, judo, kayaking, triathlon, badminton, hockey, wrestling, rowing, weight lifting, track and field, cycling, archery, water polo, baseball, basketball, volleyball, handball, tennis, surfing and horse racing, respectively. For women, the lowest age average was observed in archery, gymnastics, aquatics, wrestling, tennis, taekwondo, table tennis, badminton, volleyball, fencing, judo, swimming, weight lifting, kayaking, track and field, shooting, handball, rowing, soccer, hockey, pentathlon, surfing, basketball, cycling, triathlon and horse racing, respectively (Tables 2). The case studies revealed 20-22 years age range as the period when Iranian athletes’ begin to flourish and reach their performance peak which results in winning Asian and/or Olympic silver or bronze medals."
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