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Written by Joe Slowinski   
Saturday, 23 September 2006

This article appeared in Bowling Digest in October 2002.   A BIOMECHANICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL study has determined that bowling is an Olympic-level, accuracy-based sport. The comprehensive study--completed by Dr. Ben Johnson, the former director of the Georgia State Center for Sports Medicine, Science and Technology--was commissioned by the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ).

Bowling is proven by science to be Olympic-worthy - New Products & Industry News - Brief ArticleBowling Digest, Oct, 2002 A BIOMECHANICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL study has determined that bowling is an Olympic-level, accuracy-based sport. The comprehensive study--completed by Dr. Ben Johnson, the former director of the Georgia State Center for Sports Medicine, Science and Technology--was commissioned by the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ). It concludes that "much like tennis, running, equestrian, table tennis, basketball, and many other Olympic sports, those who participate [in bowling] for social, recreational, or fitness masons do so at a level far below the Olympic standard."

 

Analyzing bowlers of varying ability, Johnson determined that "elite bowlers possess extraordinary mental skills, concentration, and intensity of focus." He measured technique, flexibility, and strength under competitive conditions with a multi-camera biomechanical motion analysis system. This process determined bowling kinematic measures such as ball velocity, body center of mass velocity, shoulder angles and rotational speeds, and trunk and lead leg knee angles.

 

While beginning and intermediate bowlers displayed measurable inconsistency and ineffectiveness, there was a marked contrast in bowlers whose average scores ranged from 206 to 230 points per game. The elite bowlers were found "to have [exceptional] coordination, heightened kinesthetic proprioceptive awareness, biomechanical precision, mental skills, concentration, and focus."

FIQ president Jerry Koenig claims the study is a "powerful demonstration that bowling qualifies and deserves to be an Olympic sport." The FIQ--the world governing body for tenpin and ninepin bowling--has filed an official application to be added to the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. 
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