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RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ANTHROPOMETRIC PARAMETERS, PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES, ROUTES AND COMPETITION RESULTS IN FORMULA WINDSURFING

Acta Kinesiologiae Universitatis Tartuensis 01/2009; 14:95-110. DOI: 10.12697/akut.2009.14.07

ABSTRACT Formula windsurfing is faster than the Olympic version, due to a number of unique differences. This study was designed to identify the importance of anthropometric and cardiac factors on the final result of the European Formula Windsurf Championships (2007). We selected 45 competitors (30 amateurs and 15 professionals) of 30±9.77 years of age, a height of 182.6±0.06 cm, a weight of 81.67±7.35 kg and a BMI of 24.7±2.1 kg. They were divided into three groups (PG: 15; TG: 45 and GPSG: 12). We followed the recommendations of Carter and Marfell-Jones for the anthropometric measurements. The route, speed, distance and heart rate were recorded using an FRWD W600 GPS (Global Positioning System) unit. The anthropometric measurements indicate a professional profile with 2.3±0.4 endomorphy 5±0.8 mesomorphy and 2.4±0.6 ectomorphy. Arm span and fat mass show a significant (p≤0.02) and very significant (p≤0.005) correlation with the final classification. The average speed was 11.84±2.38 km·h-1, the heart rate varied from 128 to 180 b·min-1 and the average was 127.62±13.73 b·min-1. The distances covered (12784.77±5522.19 m) and the times used for the races (2049.3±989.68 s) were very variable. This will assist not only in initial selection for the sport, but also in the design of training programmes which further develop that morphology, where possible, in the pursuit of improved performance. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR

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