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Br J Sports Med 37:553-555 doi:10.1136/bjsm.37.6.553
  • Occasional piece

East African running dominance revisited: a role for stereotype threat?

  1. J Baker,
  2. S Horton
  1. School of Physical and Health Education, Queen’s University, Kingston K7L 3N6, Canada
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Baker
 School of Physical and Health Education, Queen’s University, Kingston K7L 3N6, Canada; jrb2post.queensu.ca
  • Accepted 2 December 2002

Abstract

Regardless of the possible existence of physiological advantages in East African runners, belief that such differences exist creates a psychological atmosphere that can have significant consequences on performance. This is known as stereotype threat and can feature in many sports.

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