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Relations between strength and power tests and the short-distance swimming speed among young swimmers
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Dragan Toskić.
Faculty of sport and physical education, University of Priština, Leposavić, Serbia.

indent Abstract
Swimming, as a sport where the goal is to be faster, to a great extent depends on the manifestation of strength and power at short distances. An evaluation of dry land strength and power is an important part of the training process, but the evaluation of dry land measurents and its influence on swimming results is problematic, considering the fact that the manifestation of strength and power in the water is specific in comparison to dry land. The aim of this paper is to determine whether there is a correlation between the results of the tests of strength and power from the Eurofit battery test and short-distance swimming speed among young swimmers. The sample of participants consisted of 27 swimmers aged 13 ± 2.1 year. The results of Pearson's coefficient and regression analyses indicate that there is a high correlation between the tests of the standing broad jump and the sit-ups with the average swim speed at a distance of 50 (r = 0.656, r = 0.833, respectively) and 100 m (r = 0.746, r = 0.640, respectively), as well as swim time at a distance of 50 (r = -0.623, r = -0.856, respectively) and 100 m (r = - 0.723, r = - 0.687, respectively) freestyle. We can conclude that the standing broad jump and the sit-ups tests of the Eurofit battery tests could be predictors in conclusion about factors of swim speed at short distances among young swimmers, that is, are suitable for the selection of young swimmers.

 

keywords SWIMMING / MOTORIC ABILITIES / EUROFIT / CHILDREN