Lapeak AND AOD NOT RELATED TO 50 OR 500-YD PERFORMANCES
Zoeller, R. F., Nagle, E. F., Moyna, N. M., Goss, F. L., Lephart, S. M., & Robertson, R. J. (1998). Anaerobic indices of freestyle swimming performance in trained adult female swimmers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 30(5), Supplement abstract 280.
The relationships between the following were determined:
Well-trained female swimmers (N = 12) who were capable of swimming 50 yards in <30 seconds and/or 500 yards in <7 minutes served as Ss. Five tests were conducted each at least one week apart.
Statistically significant but low correlations were revealed.
Implication. Lapeak measured in a flume or after a 50-yd test may display a statistically significant relationship with 50-yd performance time but the size of the relationship is such that in practical terms it is not meaningful. If such a test was used as a predictor of sprint capacity it could be wrong in three out of four predictions.
Both Lapeak and AOD have little value for predicting swimming performance over 50 or 500 yards. There is no practical value for such tests.
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