Swimming Specific Testing

Of the hundreds of fitness tests on Topend Sports, there are a few tests designed specifically to assess the fitness and swimming ability of swimmers.

While field tests are important to identify which areas of fitness may need improvement and to monitor changes in fitness with training, it is also important to make sure the tests are specific to the sport of swimming. The best way to do this is to conduct tests while swimming in a pool.

There are extra challenges for testing swimmers in the water, for example measuring oxygen consumption, measuring heart rate and taking blood samples are much harder than collecting this data in the laboratory or in the field on land.

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Tests for Swimmers

These tests can be used for assessing the fitness of swimmers, in combination with other generic fitness tests. See our discussion of fitness testing for swimming with some example protocols.

There are other fitness tests using swimming as the primary exercise mode, but not specifically for fitness testing swimming athletes. There are tests for water polo players and triathletes, as well as general tests using the pool and swimming as the exercise mode.

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