Identification and reliability of pacing strategies in outrigger canoeing ergometry

Sealey, Rebecca M., Spinks, Warwick L., Leicht, Anthony S., and Sinclair, Wade H. (2010) Identification and reliability of pacing strategies in outrigger canoeing ergometry. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 13 (2). pp. 241-246.

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Abstract

This study examined the pacing strategies utilised; and the performance reproducibility during repeated outrigger canoeing ergometer time trials. Trained female outrigger canoeists (N=11) completed four 1000 m outrigger canoe ergometer time trials. There was a significant 1.5% improvement in 1000 m time in trial four compared to trial one. A fast start strategy was adopted in 36 of the 44 trials (82%) followed by a deceleration during the mid stages. As trials progressed there was an increased adoption of negative pacing (fast finish) between the last two splits, indicating a learning effect of pacing strategy across repeated trials. These results demonstrate that although some performance improvement was evident between the first and fourth time trials, the 1000m outrigger ergometer time trial is a reliable test that may be used as a tool to assist with crew selection and performance monitoring. Further, on account of the variation in pacing strategy noted in the fourth trial, the authors recommend utilising one familiarisation session and one test session when assessing performance such that learning or training adaptations resulting from multiple trials do not impact on results.

Item ID: 12066
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: endurance; athlete; variability; performance; fatigue
ISSN: 1878-1861
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2010 02:45
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950102 Organised Sports @ 100%
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