IMPROVING TECHNIQUE IS THE BEST AVENUE FOR IMPROVING COLLEGIATE SWIMMING PERFORMANCES
D'Acquisto, L. J., & Berry, J. (May, 2002). Energetic and technique characteristics of trained collegiate male swimmers. Sixth IOC World Congress on Sport Sciences, abstract, p. 23.
Collegiate male swimmers (N = 14) performed five submaximal freestyle efforts followed by a maximal swim. Based on 400 yd freestyle performance, Ss were then classified as talented (N = 7) and less talented (N = 7) .
Groups were similar in age, height, weight, lean body mass, %body fat, arm span, and VO2peak. The talented group demonstrated greater velocity and lower stroke rates for similar levels of swimming power. Performance was not correlated significantly with VO2peak.
Implication. The importance of technique over peak aerobic energy release for determining performance was clearly demonstrated. Attempts to improve swimming "fitness" in trained collegiate swimmers by more training will largely be futile, and even dangerous, whereas improving technique should contribute to performance improvements.
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