TETHERED SWIMMING POWER IS RELATED TO SPRINT TIMES
Patnott, J. R., Post, K., & Northius, M. E. (2003). Muscular power changes in collegiate swimmers. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 35(5), Supplement abstract 1454.
Collegiate swimmers (N = 16) were profiled for 21 weeks before, during, and after a double-taper season (five testing sessions). For testing, Ss swam two tethered time trials with peak force values being recorded.
Peak swimming power fluctuated throughout the season. During the first taper, peak power decreased by 9%. During the last half of the season, peak power increased 21%. Peak power was significantly correlated with 50, 100, and 200-yd swimming times across the whole season.
Implication. Power production through tethered swimming is correlated to sprint swimming performances.
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