Award Date

1-1-1997

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

First Committee Member

Lawrence A. Golding

Number of Pages

137

Abstract

The effect of wetsuit leg coverage on swimming speed and body temperatures was investigated by having 10 triathletes swim 1500 meters 4 times in two different water temperatures in short sleeved wetsuits. Subjects swam twice in a full wetsuit which covered the leg to the ankle and twice in a wetsuit which ended at mid-thigh. Four skin temperatures, esophageal temperature and swimming speed were measured during each swim. A 2 x 2 analysis of variance was performed on each dependant variable. In addition a 2 x 2 Manova was done to test for differences in the means of all skin temperatures. Subsequent univariate F tests showed that suit length had a significant effect on calf skin temperature and water temperature had a significant effect on head, chest and calf skin temperatures. No significant effect of suit length on swimming speed was found.

Keywords

Coverage; Effect; Leg; Measures; Physiological; Speed; Swimming; Wetsuit

Controlled Subject

Physiology

File Format

pdf

File Size

3532.8 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/lop4-85md


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