Comparison of physical capacities between nonselected and selected elite male competitive surfers for the national junior team
Tai T. Tran, Edith Cowan University
Lina E. Lundgren, Edith Cowan University
Josh L. Secomb, Edith Cowan University
Oliver R.L. Farley, Edith Cowan University
G. Gregory Haff, Edith Cowan University
Laurent B. Seitz, Edith Cowan University
Robert U. Newton, Edith Cowan University
Sophia Nimphius, Edith Cowan University
Jeremy M. Shepard, Edith Cowan University
Human Kinetics Publishers Inc.
School of Medical and Health Sciences / Centre for Exercise and Sports Science Research
Purpose: To determine whether a previously validated performance-testing protocol for competitive surfers is able to differentiate between Australian elite junior surfers selected (S) to the national team and those not selected (NS). Methods: Thirty-two elite male competitive junior surfers were divided into 2 groups (S = 16, NS = 16). Their age, height, body mass, sum of 7 skinfolds, and lean-body-mass ratio (mean ± SD) were 16.17 ± 1.26 y, 173.40 ± 5.30 cm, 62.35 ± 7.40 kg, 41.74 ± 10.82 mm, 1.54 ± 0.35 for the S athletes and 16.13 ± 1.02 y, 170.56 ± 6.6 cm, 61.46 ± 10.10 kg, 49.25 ± 13.04 mm, 1.31 ± 0.30 for the NS athletes. Power (countermovement jump [CMJ]), strength (isometric midthigh pull), 15-m sprint paddling, and 400-m endurance paddling were measured. Results: There were significant (P ≤ .05) differences between the S and NS athletes for relative vertical-jump peak force (P = .01, d = 0.9); CMJ height (P = .01, d = 0.9); time to 5-, 10-, and 15-m sprint paddle; sprint paddle peak velocity (P = .03, d = 0.8; PV); time to 400 m (P = .04, d = 0.7); and endurance paddling velocity (P = .05, d = 0.7). Conclusions: All performance variables, particularly CMJ height; time to 5-, 10-, and 15-m sprint paddle; sprint paddle PV; time to 400 m; and endurance paddling velocity, can effectively discriminate between S and NS competitive surfers, and this may be important for athlete profiling and training-program design.
Tran, T. T. (2015). Evaluation and training of sensorimotor abilities in competitive surfers. Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/1666