The purpose of this study was to investigate pacing strategies used by elite flatwater canoe kayak sprint athletes in 12 Olympic events. Boat velocity data for canoe and kayak A-final races were extracted from the International Canoe Federation’s website for five major international competitions during the 2016 and 2017 seasons (n=374 boats; n=87 races). Principal component analysis was used to determine pacing strategies in 200, 500, and 1000 m races. Differences in pacing strategies between medalists and non-medalists were found only in 1000 m races. These findings reflected overall differences in boat velocity but also the timing of changes in boat velocity throughout the 1000 m race. This research shows that certain pacing strategies are associated with more success in canoe kayak sprint during long duration races.
New Investigator Award
Goreham, Joshua A.; Landry, Scott C.; Kozey, John W.; Smith, Bruce; and Ladouceur, Michel
"FUNCTIONAL DATA ANALYSIS: A NEW METHOD TO INVESTIGATE PACING STRATEGIES IN ELITE CANOE KAYAK SPRINT,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 36:
1, Article 86.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol36/iss1/86