Quantitative analysis technique kayakers paddling in child
Evolution of speed (V), cycle length (LCL), cycle frequency (FCL) and cycle index (ICL) were analysed in 44 young kayakists (24 males and 20 females; 13 – 14 years old) who underwent a maximum-500 m test. Digitalized images from each test were obtained to measure the variables cited above. V, FCL and ICL decreased through the test, while LDL was kept stable. FCL was similar in both genders, although the values of remaining variables measured were significantly higher in males than in females. There was a significant inverse correlation between FCL and LCL and a significant direct correlation between ICL, V and LCL was found.
KEY WORDS: canoeing, speed, cycle frequency, cycle length, cycle index.