Comparison of the efficiency of four styles of breast stroke

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Brenda Sue Zeh (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rosemary McGee

Abstract: This study was conducted for the purpose of determining the relative efficiency of four styles of breast stroke for use by recreational swimmers. Four intermediate swimming classes, composed of fifty-three freshman and sophomore women at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, were taught four different breast stroke styles. Combinations of two arm styles, a horizontal pull and a diagonal pull, and two leg styles, a wedge kick and a whip kick, were used. A skill rating was administered to each class at the end of six weeks of instruction as a means of showing the similarity of the classes. The efficiency of the strokes was considered in terms of power and oxygen uptake. Force was measured by the distance covered in five complete breast strokes. Increased oxygen consumption over the sitting resting rate was measured following a fifty yard breast stroke swim.

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Language: English
Date: 1965

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