The application of fourier analysis to demonstrate the impact of the flutter kick on longitudinal rotation in front crawl

Jordan Andersen , Peter Sinclair, Carla McCabe, Ross Sanders

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Abstract

The contribution of the flutter kick to front crawl performance from its influence on longitudinal body rotation has not been thoroughly investigated. Fourier analysis was used to examine the impact of the kick on segmental and whole body angular momentum about the body’s longitudinal axis in fourteen elite front crawl specialists swimming at sprint and 400m pace. The third harmonic frequency, representing the effects of the six-beat flutter kick, was greater at sprint than 400m pace in lower limb, upper limb, and whole body angular momentum. The presence of the third harmonic in upper limb and whole body angular momentum indicates that the flutter kick has an influence on longitudinal body rotation. The role of the flutter kick in front crawl performance may be linked to actions of the torso muscles to help control longitudinal body rotation
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISBS
Number of pages4
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 28 Apr 2018
Event36th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports - Auckland University of Technology , Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 10 Sep 201814 Sep 2018
https://sprinz.aut.ac.nz/isbs-2018

Conference

Conference36th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports
Abbreviated titleISBS
CountryNew Zealand
CityAuckland
Period10/09/1814/09/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • Swimming
  • Body Roll
  • Fourier Series
  • Angular Momentum

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