Master of Science (MS)
Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
First Committee Member
Lawrence A. Golding
Number of Pages
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.
Coverage; Effect; Leg; Measures; Physiological; Speed; Swimming; Wetsuit
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Dursthoff, Peggy-Lynn, "The effect of wetsuit leg coverage on swimming speed and selected physiological measures" (1997). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 10.