Determinants of boat velocity during a 200 m race in elite Paralympic sprint kayakers

Redwood-Brown, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9198-0088, Brown, H., Oakley, B. and Felton, P. ORCID: 0000-0001-9211-0319, 2021. Determinants of boat velocity during a 200 m race in elite Paralympic sprint kayakers. International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport. ISSN 2474-8668

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Abstract

This study investigates the relationships between boat velocity, stroke rate and displacement per stroke in Paracanoe 200m Sprint Kayak races. Data were analysed from 646, 200m efforts performed by 13 international Paracanoe athletes between 2017 and 2020 (Male: N= 6, female: N= 7) using boat-based GPS unit (Catapult S5). Significant differences between the Paralympic classifications were observed for boat velocity, stroke rate and displacement per stroke across both genders (p < 0.001) and Paracanoe classification (p < 0.001). Stroke rate was found to be the best predictor of boat velocity across classifications explaining between 13% and 34% of the variation. However, displacement per stroke was found to be more important for males than females potentially due to strength and anthropometric differences. Boat velocity, stroke rate and displacement per stroke values for the final 150m (measured in 50 m splits) indicated evidence for a mix of all-out and positive pacing strategies. The results of this study suggest intricate differences exist in Paracanoe Sprint Kayak based on gender and classification between athletes. This information is useful in the coaching of Paracanoe Sprint Kayak with evidence that physical preparation, training, and race strategy can be individualised to each athlete.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Performance Analysis in Sport
Creators: Redwood-Brown, A., Brown, H., Oakley, B. and Felton, P.
Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Date: 20 November 2021
ISSN: 2474-8668
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10.1080/24748668.2021.1986351DOI
1497987Other
Rights: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 24 Nov 2021 10:15
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2021 10:15
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/44931

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