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The association of end-spurt behaviour with seasonal best time in long-distance freestyle pool swimming

Neuloh, Joshua E., Venhorst, Andreas, Forster, Sabrina, Mauger, Alexis R., Meyer, Tim (2022) The association of end-spurt behaviour with seasonal best time in long-distance freestyle pool swimming. European Journal of Sport Science, 23 (4). pp. 469-477. ISSN 1746-1391. (doi:10.1080/17461391.2022.2043943) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:93693)

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To analyse the association of seasonal best time, distance and different performance levels with end-spurt behaviour in one swimming season. Race results in 800 and 1500 m pool freestyle swimming in the season 2018/2019 including 14,930 races and 2650 swimmers were obtained. The end-spurt for each race was determined by means of an End-Spurt Indicator (ESI). Subsequently, ESI was used as a dependent variable and influences were analysed using a linear mixed model with fixed effects for seasonal best time, distance, and performance level amongst others. In the 800 and 1500 m races swimmers showed a mean ESI of 2.08 (95% CI: 2.02–2.13) and 3.68 (95% CI: 3.59–3.76), respectively. There was a significant association between seasonal best time and ESI, with a better seasonal best time showing a greater ESI (F = 70.5, P < .001, f2 = 0.04). A significant effect on greater ESI was also observed for longer distance (F = 1067.5, P < .001, f2 = 0.06) and higher performance level (F = 91.1, P < .001, f2 = 0.02). Elite swimmers had a mean ESI of 5.47 (95% CI: 4.91–6.03), sub-elite swimmers of 3.74 (95% CI: 3.53–3.95) and competitive swimmers of 2.41 (95% CI: 2.37–2.46). A more pronounced end-spurt is associated with seasonal best time in long-distance pool swimming, higher performance level of the swimmer and longer race distance.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/17461391.2022.2043943
Uncontrolled keywords: Pacing strategy, consistency, swim velocity, water, sports performance
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation. Leisure > Sports sciences
Q Science > QP Physiology (Living systems)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Lex Mauger
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2022 16:45 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 07:54 UTC
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