Boat sports

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In water sports, where accurate biomechanical measurement in situ is difficult, ergometers are frequently used to test athletes. Many kayak ergometer designs involve a bungee to assist in returning the athlete/paddle to the correct position for the next stroke. The study’s aim was to investigate the effect of bungee tension on the ergometermeasured maximal power-velocity profile of three experienced male kayak athletes. Bungee tension influenced the power-velocity profile, reducing peak power measured by up to 328.4 W from optimal to least optimal tension. Athlete’s anecdotally preferred feel tensions may be optimal, thus these tensions should be considered in investigating power-related factors.