I am very interested in your “free kick test /with fins vs. without fins/”, (sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yBrPUO45Ss). I have the following questions. I would like to carry out this test in the form of research.
1) Is that a standardized test? Are there any sources of information? 2) Can be used this test for a short course(25m)? 3) A difference of 10 seconds is given for a long course, in that case, how is difference for a short course (25m)? Wouldn’t it be better to express that difference by percentage?
This is a test we developed which is mostly an indicator of a swimmer’s kicking speed and ankle (plantar flexion) flexibility. It is not exact nor standardized, but is a pretty good indicator for the latter. We like our swimmers to be within 10 seconds for 50 yards or 50 meters, but find out elite athletes are usually within 5 seconds.
We also do a 25 yard or meter underwater dolphin kick vs freestyle swim time comparison to determine the appropriate numbers of dolphin kicks off start and turns. We then use a nomogram which recently published to determine the right amount of kicks. You can find that on our Aquanotes.