tethered swimming

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A method of controlling the resistance against which a person swims while maintaining a constant body position in a pool. The swimmer is attached to a harness connected to a rope and a series of weighted pulleys. As weights are increased the person must swim faster and therefore work harder to maintain position. Tethered swimming is used as an ergometer for measuring work output of swimmers under controlled conditions, but it suffers from the disadvantage that the swimming technique is not similar to that used in free swimming (compare swimming flume).

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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