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# For years, a considerable number of students on West County

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For years, a considerable number of students on West County High School's track team complained about shin splints (medial tibial syndrome). However, during the most recent season, the number of students who complained about shin splints dropped significantly. School officials assert that this reduction in complaints occurred entirely as a result of the school's decision to build a new running track that provided a softer running surface, which absorbed much of the shock on the knees and shins that occurs when running and causes shin splints.
Which of the following, if true, most severely weakens the school officials' explanation for the decrease in complaints about shin splints?

A) As a result of West County High School's adoption of better medical staff and new medical scanning devices, many students whose complaints would have been diagnosed in years past as an instance of shin splints are now diagnosed with a different condition.
B) West County High School built its track after a number of neighboring schools with similar track teams built new tracks and each school saw the number of complaints about shin splints drop.
C) This past season, members of West County High School's track team received and wore new and highly acclaimed shoes designed to soften the impact of running on the shin and knee.
D) This past season, the total number of students who complained of pain while running rose.
E) The maker of the new track claims that on average, complaints about shin splints fall 25% when its tracks are implemented.
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21 Sep 2009, 12:44
Went with C... but thought A at first
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22 Sep 2009, 06:27
OA is: C

I don't understand: What's wrong with A?
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25 Sep 2009, 06:51
I see the OA as C, can anybody tell why A is wrong?
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25 Sep 2009, 07:24
I posted the OA above. It's C.

After looking at it again I now understand why A is incorrect.
The school official's assertion is that the new track is reducing complaints about shin splints. The fact that the condition turned out to be something else is a techincal medical issue that is out of the scope. The complaints would still be coming in whether it was shin splints or some other condition. Whatever the condition is, it is caused by running on the track, and those complaints have dropped with the new track.

In other words, if the writer said that the number of students diagnosed with shin splints has dropped, then A would make sense. The writer says that complaints have dropped. The fact that complaints about shin splints per se have dropped does not necessarily mean that the overall number of complaints from track injuries has not dropped and that the runners are just renaming their complaints from "shin splints" to the new condition. They could still be coming in complaining about shin splints because they don't know the difference. Therefore, it does not weaken the assertion that new track is doing a good job preventing injuries.
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25 Sep 2009, 07:41
Thanks....

Now I understand why A is incorrect!
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