CRITICAL VELOCITY PREDICTS SWIMMING PERFORMANCE IN FEMALES
Day, Y. J., & Lin, J. C. (1996). Critical velocity as a predictor of female front crawl swimming performance. Medicine and Science in Exercise and Sports, 28(5), Supplement abstract 940.
Crawl stroke performances over 50, 100, 200, and 400 m were correlated to critical velocity (CV) and heart rate threshold velocity (HRTV) in 20 female swimmers.
It was concluded that CV and HRTV are both significant predictors of crawl stroke performance, with the predictive capability increasing for CV as distance increased.
Implication. The performance of a CV or HRTV test takes considerable time. A better indicator of potential for any crawl stroke performance could be a time-trial over that appropriate distance. One should never overlook the possibility of performing an actual trial before deferring to some "test."
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