Anthropometric-based selection and sprint kayak training in children

Aitken, DA and Jenkins, DG (1998) Anthropometric-based selection and sprint kayak training in children. Journal of Sports Sciences, 16 6: 539-543.

Author Aitken, DA
Jenkins, DG
Title Anthropometric-based selection and sprint kayak training in children
Journal name Journal of Sports Sciences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-0414
Publication date 1998
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 16
Issue 6
Start page 539
End page 543
Total pages 5
Language eng
Abstract A 12 week kayak training programme was evaluated in children who either had or did not have the anthropometric characteristics identified as being unique to senior elite sprint kayakers. Altogether, 234 male and female school children were screened to select 10 children with and 10 children without the identified key anthropometric characteristics. Before and after training, the children completed an all-out 2 min kayak ergometer simulation test; measures of oxygen consumption, plasma lactate and total work accomplished were recorded. In addition, a 500 m time trial was performed at weeks 3 and 12. The coaches were unaware which 20 children possessed those anthropometric characteristics deemed to favour development of kayak ability. All children improved in both the 2 min ergometer simulation test and 500 m time trial. However, boys who were selected according to favourable anthropometric characteristics showed greater improvement than those without such characteristics in the 2 min ergometer test only. In summary, in a small group of children selected according to anthropometric data unique to elite adult kayakers, 12 weeks of intensive kayak training did not influence the rate of improvement of on-water sprint kayak performance.
Keyword Sport Sciences
Talent Identification
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
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