The starting technique analysis in the Romanian swimming performance
We find ourselves in the “construction” phase of swimming in Romania, as the emeritus coach Doina Sava stated in an interview in August 2012. We aim to find out where the Romanian swimming currently finds itself as opposed to the international swimming with the purpose to “build” generations of swimmers that can step up on the international stage. In the sprint trials, where the start phase holds a significant weight on the result of the race, the starting style has to be adapted to the new block-start with a back kick plate, introduced in competitions by Omega, ever since 2010. An analysis of the starting technique styles in Romanian swimming is required in order to elaborate a start methodology adapted to the block-start with the kick plate, called OSB11, created by Omega. From national perspective, the start technique of athletes aged 7-14 years, juniors II and seniors, registers some differences between the grab start and the athletic start called “track start”. The international tendency is to replace the grab style with the track style in order to use the great advantage of holding the back foot on the kick-area of the OSB11 block-start during the start position. The fast adaptation of the start technique to the international evolution of the swimming pools becomes a necessity in Romanian swimming.
Key words: track start, grab start, analysis of start styles usage