Training Profiles of Elite Wheelchair Track Athletes


This study investigated the training profiles of elite wheelchair track athletes (n=17) attending a preparation camp for the 1988 Paralympics in Korea. The components for training measured were aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, flexibility, muscular strength, and skill work. Each variable was considered according to frequency and duration. Results of the study indicated that 52.9% of the track athletes attending the camp trained without a coach; elite wheelchair athletes training without a coach had similar training frequencies as recreational runners. Significant differences were identified for frequency and duration of aerobic conditioning according to coaching status (p<=.05). Follow-up investigation on competitive performance at the 1988 Paralympics revealed that more medals were won by athletes with a coach than by those without a coach.

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Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research


Wolters Kluwer Health

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(C) 1993 National Strength and Conditioning Association