MALE SWIMMERS HAVE HIGHER LEVELS OF ANAEROBIC POWER AND CAPACITY THAN FEMALES
Paradisis, G., Zacharogiannis, E., & Psycharakis, S. (2008). Anaerobic power and capacity in competitive swimmers. ACSM 55th Annual Meeting Indianapolis, Presentation Number, 2118.
This study assessed anaerobic power and capacity in competitive swimmers (M = 6; F = 6). A tethered swimming system using 7 m of pre-stretched rope and a climbing belt was used for S habituation and testing. Ss commenced the test by swimming submaximally to take up the rope slack until a whistle was blown (on the sixth stroke as the right hand entered the water). Then maximum effort crawl stroke was performed for 30 seconds. Anaerobic power and capacity were measured.
Anaerobic power (expressed as peak force) and capacity were significantly higher in males than females.
Implication. Male swimmers have higher levels of anaerobic power and capacity than female swimmers.
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