Determinants of Long-Distance Performance in Youth Swimmers

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The present chapter offers a framework for an in-depth understanding of the three main determinants of the long-distance performances. The first part of the chapter introduces maximal aerobic power, aerobic capacity, and cost of swimming, in relation to the energetics of low-intensity, long-distance swimming, and explains how these determinants change during childhood. Some methods for their measurement are then presented with a selection based on applicability when working with young swimmers. Practitioners are encouraged to use these methods to assess effectiveness of their training programmes and monitor short-term (season) and long-term (career) changes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHigh Performance Youth Swimming
EditorsJeanne Dekerle
PublisherRoutledge. Taylor & Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781138595972
ISBN (Print)9781138595972
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Research in Paediatric Sport and Exercise Science


  • Aerobic performance
  • cost of swimming
  • VO2max
  • thresholds
  • aerobic capacity


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