2010 Student Research Conference:
23rd Annual Student Research Conference

The Relationship Of Leg Power On Swim Start Performance
Danielle M. Odenthal * and Ole M. Midtbo
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

The start in short swim races can offer an advance for performer who get greater distance before entering the water. The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship of leg power to swimming start performance in collegiate swimmers. Varsity swimmers (M = 7 and F = 13) performed 3 track-style starts which were video recorded to allow analysis of the distance to entry into the water (DIST). On a separate day, each swimmer performed 3 static vertical jumps (SVJ) and 3 standing broad jumps (SBJ) to evaluate leg power. The correlations of DIST with SVJ (r = 0.667) and SBJ (r = 0.665) were significant (p<0.01). Leg power accounted for 44% of the variance in swim start DIST. In short sprint races, swimmers with greater leg power might have an advance of achieving greater start distance before entering the water.

Keywords: Swimming , Starts , Leg power

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 4-6
Location: SUB-GEO
Time: 4:15

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