ACTIVE DRAG AT LOW SWIMMING VELOCITIES

  • Rhys Thorp
  • Barry Wilson
Keywords: active drag, swimming, front crawl, V02

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to measure active drag when swimming at velocities encountered in longer swimming events. An adaptation of the Kolmogorov and Duplishcheva (1992) technique is proposed, whereby steady state V02 is monitored to ensure an equal power output in the two different (free and semi-tethered) conditions. Active drag values calculated were 20±4.7N (mean±SD) for the six experienced male swimmers, at velocities of 1.1 ±0.1 m/s (mean±SD). These values are comparable with other values predicted for this velocity.
Section
Equipment / Instrumentation