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Statistics and Magnetic Socks Shape Modern Taekwondo

 Meredith Miller, the high performance director of USA Taekwondo, is trying to clean things up by developing statistics for the sport, and also a better understanding of the "magnetic socks" integral to the martial art's electronic scoring system.

Miller doesn't have a science degree, but her goals to collect and communicate objective information about the sport to coaches and competitors are scientific.

Unlike many sports, taekwondo has no standard system for collecting or classifying statistics that go beyond the final score. While baseball researchers have developed a nuanced understanding of how much each event, such as a stolen base, contributes to winning, a comparable level of analysis has never existed for taekwondo.

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