## Maximum Stroke Length?

### Maximum Stroke Length?

Seems like somewhere I saw a formula for the maximum freestyle stroke length
given a person's arm length....

Seems like comparing one's actual stroke length to one's theoretical maximum
(given that one is striving for a long stroke....) could give and indication of
how well one is doing...

Is there more than one formula?

Is there dissention around the validity of formulas like this?

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Pete Cresswell

### Maximum Stroke Length?

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>Seems like somewhere I saw a formula for the maximum freestyle stroke length
>given a person's arm length....

Haven't seen one, but I would think that kick, streamlining, scull efficiency,
and momentum would all be factors.

Bob

### Maximum Stroke Length?

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>Subject: Maximum Stroke Length?

>Date: Wed, 28 July 1999 07:12 PM EDT

>Seems like somewhere I saw a formula for the maximum freestyle stroke length
>given a person's arm length....

>Seems like comparing one's actual stroke length to one's theoretical maximum
>(given that one is striving for a long stroke....) could give and indication
>of
>how well one is doing...

>Is there more than one formula?

>Is there dissention around the validity of formulas like this?

>-----------------------
>Pete Cresswell

>In the April-June 1999 issue of Swimming Technique, Jonty Skinner delves into

this question (and others relating to physiology and swimming performance).
One of the factors he looks at is length of the arm versus torso size.  The
higher the ratio, the greater the physiological advantage.  Of course, a
swimmer has to utilize that advantage so Skinner looks at actual stroke length
versus potential stroke length.

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### Maximum Stroke Length?

I found this article.  Hope it helps.

http://www.swiminfo.com/technique/technique.pl?goto=free1

Quote:
> Seems like somewhere I saw a formula for the maximum freestyle stroke
length
> given a person's arm length....

> Seems like comparing one's actual stroke length to one's theoretical
maximum
> (given that one is striving for a long stroke....) could give and
indication of
> how well one is doing...

> Is there more than one formula?

> Is there dissention around the validity of formulas like this?

> -----------------------
> Pete Cresswell