Pacing and Hazard Score of Elite Open Water Swimmers During a 5-km Indoor Pool Race

Roberto Baldassarre, Cristian Ieno, Marco Bonifazi, Maria Francesca Piacentini

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PURPOSE: The sensation of fatigue experienced at a certain point of the race is an important factor in the regulation of pacing. The rating of perceived exertion (RPE) is considered one of the main mediators utilized by athletes to modify pacing. The aim was to analyze the relationship between pacing and RPE of elite open water swimmers during national indoor pool championships.

METHODS: A total of 17 elite open water swimmers (males, n = 9; females, n = 8) agreed to provide RPE every 500 m during the finals of the national championships 5-km indoor pool race. Time splits, stroke rate, and RPE were collected every 500 m. The Hazard score was calculated by multiplying the momentary RPE by the remaining fraction of the race. Athletes were placed in one of two categories: medalists or nonmedalists. For all variables, separate mixed analysis of variances (P ≤ .05) with repeated measures were used considering the splits (ie, every 500 m) as within-subjects factor and the groups (ie, medalists and nonmedalists) as between-subjects factor.

RESULTS: Average swimming speed showed a significant main effect for split for both males and females (P < .001). A significant interaction was observed between average swimming speed and groups for females (P = .032). RPE increased in both groups (P < .001) with no difference observed between groups. However, the female nonmedalists showed a disproportionate nonlinear increase in RPE (5.20 [2.31]) halfway through the event that corresponded to the point where they started significantly decreasing speed.

CONCLUSIONS: The results of the present study show different pacing strategies adopted by medalists and nonmedalists despite a similar RPE.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)796-801
Aantal pagina's6
TijdschriftInternational Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
Nummer van het tijdschrift6
StatusPublished - jun 2021


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