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.
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Andersen, Jordan; Sinclair, Peter; McCabe, Carla; and Sanders, Ross
"THE APPLICATION OF FOURIER ANALYSIS TO DEMONSTRATE THE IMPACT OF THE FLUTTER KICK ON LONGITUDINAL ROTATION IN FRONT CRAWL,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 36:
1, Article 223.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol36/iss1/223