World Class Starting Platforms
Athletes can react to sight faster than to sound. The World Class Starting Platform has a Strobe Light Built right into starting platform! This concept is also available in the stainless steel platform.
The idea is to reduce reaction-times for starts in competitive swimming. This concept was substantiated after the World Short-Course Championships in Greece in a study testing the reaction time for swimmers with and without the aid of start strobes. On the average, swimmers were able to get off the blocks almost 4/10ths of a second faster with a start strobe than with just a conventional horn.
The ramifications for hearing-impaired athletes are even more significant. Without strobe lights in starting blocks, hearing impaired swimmers must either use peripheral vision to react to a strobe light near the starter, watch the starter’s hand signals, or bring their own strobe – as was done by South African Terrence Parkin at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
With Quikblox™ start-strobes, swimmers react to sight as well as to sound. The strobe flashes when the start tone is signaled, providing a quicker and fairer start for all. This has already set a new performance standard for starts as was demonstrated at the 2000 Phillips 66 USA Swimming Spring Nationals (held at the Weyerhaeuser Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington) where numerous records were established using the Quikblox™ competitive starting platforms.
All models include the following standard features:
Patent-pending Quikblox™ Start-Strobes
Record Quest Starting Platform - Steel Version