EQUATION REGRESSION MODEL FOR THE 50 M FREESTYLE PERFORMANCE IN ELITE MASTER SWIMMERS

  • M. L. Zampagni
  • G. Dona
  • M. Motta
  • S. Martelli
  • P. Benelli
  • M. Marcacci
  • G. De Vito
Keywords: Master swimmers, hand grip, anthropometric parameters

Abstract

This study was conducted during the 10th World Masters Championships, held in Riccione, Italy, June 3-11, 2004. The aim was to investigate, in male and female elite master swimmers, the relationships between performance time and age, anthropometric characteristics (weight, stature, arm and forearm lengths and forearm volume) and muscle strength (hand grip). Performance times were recorded during 50 m freestyle events. Anthropometric values and hand grip were collected the same day the competition in a field laboratory organised beside the swimming pool. For this study we considered twenty eight volunteers: 15 men aged 42-81 years and 13 women aged 4173 years. Firstly, the anthropometrical characteristics. the hand grip strength and the performance time were used for a simple correlation analysis. Subsequently a multiple regression analysis was carried out to create a swimming time prediction model for the 50 freestyle performances. It revealed that in 50 m freestyle women race, age, weight and strength explained about 97% of the variance in performance. This study provided novel information which could be useful in designing training programs, optimizing swimmer's resources or capabilities.
Published
2008-03-14