Evolution and comparison of speed, cycle frequency, cycle length and cycle index on 200-m test in young paddlers


  • F. Alacid
  • P. Á. López-Miñarro
  • C. Ferragut
  • A. García
  • V. Ferrer
  • I. Martínez


Speed evolution, cycle frequency, cycle length and cycle index were analysed during a 200-m maximal test, in young paddlers (23 kayak men, 22 kayak women and 20 canoe men; 13-14 years-old). Recordings were taken from a boat following each test and switched from analogue to digital format to measure the variables cited above. Evolution was similar in three categories. The speed and cycle index decreased through the test after the first 50 m, while the cycle length was stable. The cycle frequency had a progressive decrease along the distance. Men kayak got higher values in all the variables than women kayak and canoeist, but only were significantly higher in speed and cycle index. Lower values of cycle length and cycle frequency were obtained from canoe men and kayak women, respectively.
Key Words: speed, cycle frequency, cycle length, cycle index, paddlers.

Author Biographies

F. Alacid

Facultad de Ciencias del Deporte. Universidad de Murcia.

P. Á. López-Miñarro

Facultad de Educación. Universidad de Murcia.

C. Ferragut

Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y del Deporte. Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia.

A. García

I.E.S. Ros Giner de Lorca (Murcia).

V. Ferrer

Facultad de Medicina. Universidad de Murcia.

I. Martínez

Facultad de Medicina. Universidad de Murcia.





European Journal of Human Movement