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Weyand and Bundle based their conclusions on data indicating: Pistorius' lightweight blades allow him to reposition his limbs 15.7 percent more rapidly than five of the most recent former world-record holders in the 100-meter dash. The springy, lightweight blades allow Pistorius to attain the same sprinting speeds while applying 20 percent less ground force than intact-limb runners. The springy blades reduce the muscle forces Pistorius requires for sprinting to less than half of intact-limb levels.Peter Weyand is an associate professor of applied physiology and biomechanics in SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education & Human Development.Matthew Bundle is an assistant professor of biomechanics in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wyoming.
...Perhaps one should include a wheelchair marathon (arm powered multi-wheel racer) into the "normal" Olympics, without restrictions of the participants.
There has been a push by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association to allow for able-bodied athletes to compete in wheelchair basketball games. The argument is the sport is called "wheelchair basketball," not "disability basketball."