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What Do Olympic Shooters Think about Physical Training Factors and Their Performance?


ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND:Many aspects affect precision sports like shooting. Skills such as strength and balance are related to shooting performance and therefore, they should be trained. Thus, planned physical workouts can help to improve Olympic Shooting performance. The main objective of this study was to determine elite shooters' perspective about fitness trainings. METHODS:Eight elite international shooters were interviewed using a semi-structured script validated by an expert shooting committee. Their responses were transcribed and analyzed using qualitative methods. The following categories were obtained: fitness training importance on performance, fitness professional support, precompetitive fitness exercises' orientation and intensity, main motor abilities, recovery process, fitness evaluation and test and physical training influence on the psychological state. RESULTS:The results suggest that athletes consider physical training as a key factor in their performance. Shooters mainly train strength and endurance exercises, depending on the competitions schedule. However, no consensus exists regarding the professional in charge of fitness trainings, nor the recovery methods to minimize performance losses. In addition, general balance trainings or physical condition tests to evaluate the training progress do not seem to be used. CONCLUSION:We conclude that there should be greater control of fitness training and recovery processes in Olympic shooting.

SUBMITTER: Mon-Lopez D 

PROVIDER: S-EPMC6926526 | BioStudies | 2019-01-01

REPOSITORIES: biostudies

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