Assessment of an International Breaststroke Swimmer Using a Race Readiness Test

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Kevin G. Thompson
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Competitive swimmers routinely undertake a 7 X 200-m incremental step test to evaluate their fitness and readiness to compete.1 An exercise protocol more closely replicating competition swimming speeds may provide further insight into the swimmer’s physiological and technical readiness for competition. This case study reports data over a 3-year period from 11 Race Readiness Tests, which were completed, in addition to the 7 X 200-m test, as an attempt to provide the swimmer and coach with a fuller assessment. For this individual, data provided objective information from which to assess training status and race readiness following a transition from 200-m to 100-m race training. Data also raised a question as to whether a 100-m maximal effort 10 minutes before another one actually enhances performance owing to a priming effect.

Thompson and Garland are with the English Institute of Sport, North East Region, Gateshead Tyne and Wear, U.K., and Thompson is also with the School of Psychology and Sports Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.

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