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Title:T.K. Cureton's Tip: How the Kinesiology Department Founder and Professor at the University of Illinois Led Roger Bannister to Break the Four Minute Mile
Author(s):Meyer, Andy
Abstract:This project investigates the events leading up to Roger Bannister’s record-breaking four minute mile in 1954. It focuses on the role of T.K. Cureton, founder of the kinesiology department and professor of physical education at the University of Illinois, who conducted research on training habits of athletic champions. On the basis of literature, internet, and archival research, the study finds that Cureton advised Bannister to train the whole body rather than sport specific areas during their meeting in London, which was the tip leading to Bannister’s record. The author further discusses the careers of these two men, the context of their meeting, and the myth of the impossible.
Issue Date:2006-05-15
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-08-24

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