Boat sports

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Despite frequent use of kayak ergometers for research and monitoring, there are questions over the transference of information gained on ergometers to on-water performance. The aim was to investigate if power and force-velocity (FV) profiles measured on an ergometer reflect sprint velocity (SSVel), stroke rate (SR) and distance per stroke (DPS), on-water. National level kayakers (n = 27) completed maximal on-water 100 m sprints and profiling on an isoinertial kayak ergometer. Pull power (PullP) on the ergometer was found to explain 85% of variance in SSvel, as well as being significantly related to SR (r = 0.80; p < 0.01). Maximal force was found to correlate to PullP (r = 0.80; p < 0.01), SSVel (r = 0.78; p < 0.01) and SR (r = 0.70; p < 0.01), but not to DPS. Ergometer data can be used to predict on-water performance factors but SR/DPS use does not appear to be linked to FV gradient.