3-D KINEMATIC ANALYSIS OF CANOEING ON A SIMULATOR: DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ELITE, INTERMEDIATE AND NOVICE CANOISTS

  • R. Rodano
  • R. Squadrone
  • M. Sacchi
  • A. Marzegan
Keywords: optoelectronic system, bilateral asymmetries, paddling, motor ability

Abstract

Using 3-D kinematic analysis, this paper identified kinematic variables that govern successful performance in canoeing on a simulator. The presence of side-to-side asymmetries in selected linear and angular variables was investigated. Elite, intermediate and novice canoeists participated. Similar to previously results for symmetrical cyclic sport activities like cross-country skiing, running and cycling, elite athletes evidenced higher movement amplitude and a more symmetric behavior compared with intermediate and novice paddlers. The less experienced athletes evidenced more accentuated saddle and pelvis movements in the frontal plane. Aerobic and anaerobic capacities and technical skills developed over years of training may explain the reported difference.
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities