An analysis of high performance in long-distance rowing by means of global positioning system technology

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Title: An analysis of high performance in long-distance rowing by means of global positioning system technology
Authors: Cejuela, Roberto | Pérez Turpin, José Antonio | Cortell-Tormo, Juan M. | Chinchilla Mira, Juan José
Research Group/s: Grupo de Investigación en Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Didáctica General y Didácticas Específicas
Keywords: GPS technology | Rowing | Heart rate | Competitive effort
Knowledge Area: Educación Física y Deportiva
Date Created: 2007
Issue Date: 24-Jul-2008
Abstract: The analysis of high sports performance by means of technological advances has often been used to calculate the routes of sportsmen in the distances covered, or to calculate speed in orienteering. However, there is still little information on data for GPS use in long-distance elite rowers. The purpose of this study was to analyze rowers’ performance in a long distance fixed-seat rowing competition (Santa Pola, March 2007, Spain). The official distance for this event is 14816 meters and, in that competition the temperature was 28,8±2,23. Five boats, with eight rowers each, were used for this analysis, all with GPS technology. The calculations included the total time for the race, distance covered by each boat, speeds, route profile, altimeter, temperature and heart rate. The GPS model used on the rowers occupying the first post in each boat was FRWD outdoor sports computer series W 600 (2007). Each GPS was calibrated before the start of the event in order to collect data, together with a recording unit and a computer containing the software required. After the event, the statistical analysis was performed by means of the SPSS 13.0 package in order to compare the data for the various times obtained, speed, route profile and heart rate. The first significant result of the comparison showed that the average speed of the boats in the event was 9,95±1,35 km/h. A second result described the time: 91,53±14,13 minutes. Finally, the third result analyzed was the heart rate: 170±4,69. An improved knowledge of these variables is very important in order to set specific training patterns for long-distance rowing, which may lead to further research on rowers’ physiological response when faced with competitive effort. The results suggest that this study could widen the knowledge of competition in this sport.
Description: Comunicación presentada en: IACSS 2007, 6th International Symposium on Computer Science in Sport, June 3-6, 2007, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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