STROKE RATE AND LENGTH
Kennedy, P., Brown, P., Chengalur, S. N., & Nelson, R. C. (1990). Analysis of male and female Olympic swimmers in the 100-meter events. International Journal of Sport Biomechanics, 6, 187-197.
Stroke rate, length, final time, age, and height were assessed across the four 100 m events' heats at the Olympic Games.
It was found that:
Implication. Stroke length and rate were used in various combinations by many swimmers to achieve good performance times. It would seem that stroke length should be a priority for instructional emphasis.
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