Windsurfing: The Physiology of Athletic Performance and Training

Andrianopoulos, Vasileios and Vogiatzis, Ioannis (2016) Windsurfing: The Physiology of Athletic Performance and Training. In: Extreme Sports Medicine. Springer, pp. 357-363. ISBN 978-3-319-28263-3

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The sport of windsurfing requires good physical condition and skills. Windsurfers use pumping for propulsion during sailing, a demanding endurance maneuver in which the athlete pulls the sail rhythmically so that it acts as a wing, thus providing the board with additional forward motion especially in light and moderate wind conditions. The physiological demands in windsurfing, however, can vary greatly as depend on weather conditions (wind velocity), the intensity – duration of the effort, and the type of sailboard. Several physiological determinants, nutrition, and training methods can influence the overall performance of windsurfers. This article provides an overview of windsurfing physiology including the physiological responses during race and the determinants of windsurfing performance, which are also related to different wind conditions. Additionally, it indicates training methods and nutritional information for competitive windsurfers.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: VO2max, Isometric, Periodization, Training program, Cardiovascular fitness, Anaerobic power pumping, Dietary program, Carbohydrate intake, Active recovery
Subjects: B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 12:49
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 10:03

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