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Analysis of Pacing Strategy Selection in Elite 400-m Freestyle Swimming

Mauger, Alexis R., Neuloh, Joshua, Castle, Paul C. (2012) Analysis of Pacing Strategy Selection in Elite 400-m Freestyle Swimming. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44 (11). pp. 2205-2212. ISSN 0195-9131. (doi:10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182604b84) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:36239)

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Pacing strategy selection can exert a significant influence on performance in events where time to completion is the measure of success. However, few studies exist examining pacing in elite sport, with even less examining pacing in swimming.

METHODS:

Two hundred sixty-four swims from elite national and international competitions were analyzed in high-frequency pacing capture for mean speed (every 6% of the race). Each swim was subsequently categorized into one of six different pacing strategies through a computer algorithm and then performance analyzed in relation to completion time to the current world record, sex, and swimming suit used.

CONCLUSIONS:

This is the first study using a large sample size in elite freestyle swimming to demonstrate that a fast-start-even and parabolic pacing strategy are most frequently used in elite competition. The performance benefits that these strategies may yield should be considered by coaches and athletes, with possible integration of pacing training before competition.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182604b84
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology (Living systems)
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Lex Mauger
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2013 16:08 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 04:07 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/36239 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Mauger, Alexis R.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6685-5800
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