Aerobic potential, stroke parameters, and coordination in swimming front-crawl performance

P. Pelayo, M. Alberty, M. Sidney, F.P. Potdevin, Jeanne Dekerle

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The purposes of this review were (1) to review the recent studies conducted in swimming on the assessment of aerobic potential and establishment of exercise-intensity domains (it is important that exercise-intensity domains be accurately defined and their physiological underpinnings well understood to optimize and evaluate training programs); (2) to analyze changes in traditionally measured stroke rate and stroke length during exhaustive swims, particularly in relation to the predetermined intensity domains (introduction of an "optimal swimming technique speed"); and (3) to introduce the latest swimming research on arm coordination that might help us better understand the technical adaptations of swimmers under physical stress.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-359
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2007


  • aerobic swimming intensity
  • stroking-parmeter changes
  • upper limb coordination


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