Running downhill by Anthony J Sargeant

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European Journal of Applied Physiology. 1974 Mar 28;32(3):187-94

Anthony J Sargeant did this rare research into downhill running for which Brian Smith (an experienced runner) was the subject and student. It involved many hours of careful measurement by Anthony J Sargeant on just one subject. In the days of demanding statistical significance a rare achievement.

(Rodolfo Margaria was a reviewer when the paper was submitted and tried to block its publication because it did not agree with the “definitive work of Margaria” (actually the only other study at the time of downhill running – published in Italian – and actually it did so agree with the data presented by Margaria – just not his description and conclusions!)

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