Pacing accuracy during an incremental step test in adolescent swimmers

Scruton, Adrian and Baker, James and Roberts, Justin and Basevitch, Itay and Merzbach, Viviane and Gordon, Dan (2015) Pacing accuracy during an incremental step test in adolescent swimmers. Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine. ISSN 1179-1543

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Abstract To assess pacing accuracy in a group of adolescent swimmers during an incremental step test. Fifteen well-trained swimmers (age 15±1.5 years; height 170.2±8.8 cm; mass 60.2±6.6 kg), completed two 7×200 m tests, separated by ~72 hours. They swam to a predetermined incrementally increasing pace per step and were instructed to swim at even pace. Upon completion of each step, rating of perceived exertion, heart rate and blood lactate were recorded. Significant differences observed for both trials between actual and predicted swim time (P<0.05). Significant differences also observed between the first and second 100 m of each step in trial 1 for step 1 (P=0.001, effect size [ES] =0.54), step 2 (P=0.0001, ES =0.57), step 4 (P=0.0001, ES =0.53), step 5 (P=0.005, ES =0.65), step 6 (P=0.0001, ES =0.50), and step 7 (P=0.0001, ES =0.70). Similar responses witnessed for trial 2 (P<0.05). Findings suggest that the finite anaerobic capacity was engaged sooner than would normally be anticipated, as a function of an inability to regulate pace. This is proposed to be a consequence of the volume of exposure to the biological and psychological sensations and cognitive developmental status. Given the apparent error in pacing judgment exhibited in this population group, caution should be applied when adopting such tests to monitor training responses with adolescent athletes, and alternate means of modulating pace be investigated.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Citation: Pacing accuracy during an incremental step test in adolescent swimmers 2015:249 Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine.
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
Depositing User: Mr I Walker
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 09:03
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 12:54

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