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title:

Apparatus for measuring distance travelled by basketball players

image number:

P0042468

description:

The apparatus seen here was, according to the PhD dissertation of Lloyd Lowell Messersmith, "...conceived and developed at DePauw University. All data were collected and all studies made on basketball floors in the State of Indiana."

Messersmith says in his dissertation: "Study began in 1931 in collaboration with S. M. Corey...Two persons were required to operate...one person operated the tracing wheel while the second person sat next to him and recorded the readings from the impulse counter...the experimenter followed the movements of the player under observation with the small tracing wheel, duplicating on the metal floor the route followed by the player on the playing floor."

The wooden box contains batteries, the round device at left is the impulse counter. At right, attached to a long cord is the tracing wheel which is resting on the built-to-scale metal floor. The tracing wheel appears to have been constructed from, in part, a swivel caster.

Messersmith's May 1942 dissertation is titled "The Development of a Measurement Technique for Determining the Distances Traversed by Players in Basketball." The Indiana University Lilly Library's call number for this work: LZ1.M584

date taken:

1940 July 03

film code:

Eastman - Safety - Kodak 51

photographer studio:

Athletic Department

donor image number:

940-2207

accession number:

95/014

copyright owner:

Indiana University

personal name:

Messersmith, Lloyd Lowell

topic:

Basketball

topic:

Experiments

topic:

Scientific equipment

topic:

Notational analysis

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

series:

Groups