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Motriz: Revista de Educação Física

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FERREIRA, Maria Inês et al. Analysis of the determinant kinematical parameters for performance in the 200-m freestyle swimming event. Motriz: rev. educ. fis. [online]. 2012, vol.18, n.2, pp.366-377. ISSN 1980-6574.

The main aims of this study were i) to perform a kinematic characterization of sub and maximal swimming speed; ii) to investigate the associations between the kinematic profiles and the 200 m front crawl style. Nine national level male swimmers performed two speed tests: a submaximal discontinuous speed trial of progressive speed intensity, and a maximal one, simulating a 200 m front crawl style. The stroke general kinematic parameters, the phases duration of the stroke cycle, the velocity of the centre of mass and the intra cyclic variation of the horizontal velocity were herein studied. Significant kinematic differences in relation to stroke rate, horizontal velocity of the centre of mass, total cycle duration, absolute and relative duration of the propulsive sub aquatic action and the velocity of the centre of mass during the arms recovery were compared between the speed tests. Significant correlations between the performance in the maximal speed and some kinematic variables were observed.

Keywords : front crawl style; kinematics; submaximal speed; maximal speed.

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