ThinkSmart routines and rowing ergometer performance

Lloyd, Michael and Terry, Peter C. (2007) ThinkSmart routines and rowing ergometer performance. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 10 (Supple). p. 113. ISSN 1440-2440

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Individualised attentional routines, known as ThinkSmart routines, for improving rowing ergometer performance were evaluated among 54 male, high school rowers (mean age = 15.9 ± 0.6 yr.). Participants were timed during three ergometer tests (T1, T2, T3) over 2000m using standardised national testing protocols. Between T1 and T2, Group 1 (n = 22) received ThinkSmart training to design an optimal attentional routine, based on routines previously identified by elite ergometer performers (Lloyd & Terry, 2006), whereas Group 2 (n = 32) received no training. Both groups received the same ThinkSmart training between T2 and T3. Group 1 showed significantly improved times from T1 (M = 424.9 sec.) to T2 (M = 421.2 sec.) to T3 (M = 414.9 sec.). Group 2 improved significantly from T1 (M = 424.5 sec.) to T2 (M = 417.7 sec.) but not from T2 to T3 (M = 416.6 sec.). Group 2 produced faster times during T1 and T2, but Group 1 were faster during T3 and showed greater improvement in times from T1 to T3 (Group 1 = 10 sec, Group 2 = 7.9 sec., Cohen’s δ = .33). Group 1 reported significantly greater adherence to the ThinkSmart routines and displayed test profiles (i.e., 500m split times) consistent with those of elite performers. Qualitative feedback showed that coaches attributed performance improvements, in part, to the ThinkSmart training. Results suggest potential benefits of ThinkSmart training for 2000m ergometer performance over repeated trials subject to adequate adherence, although new attentional routines may interfere with performance initially.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Abstract of paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference of Sports Medicine Australia.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 13 May 2010 02:42
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: ThinkSmart; rowing; ergonomic performance
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4207 Sports science and exercise > 420702 Exercise physiology
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520107 Sport and exercise psychology
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