What is actually most important to make a young elite cross country skier even faster? Technique? Tactics? Clever training methods? High energy turnover?
Aud. Innsikt, NIH
The process of adolescent cross-country (XC) skiers’ development to become elite senior XC skiers is multifaceted, and a complementary mix of athletic attributes has to be acquired and improved. This includes physiological attributes such as a high energy turnover and efficient movement economy; applying tactics in racing situations; and the ability to learn training methods, tactics and technique.
Overall, this thesis shows that the physiological determinants of XC ski performance and the sex difference in these determinants are similar in adolescent skiers (14-15 yrs) and older skiers.
Further, adolescent skiers seem to use these physiological determinants in a similar manner to seniors in a racing situation, although with a more pronounced positive pattern and more use of “slow-speed sub-techniques”.
Finally, we show that a competent coach is important for technique learning, but self-observation through video is a promising tool.
10:15-11:00 - Trial lecture
"Development from junior to senior level: Which skills and attributes are important for future sporting success?"
13:00-16:00 - Public defence
"Determinants of performance in male and female adolescent competitive cross-country skiers"
The defence is open to the public.