Blood lactate tests were done on swimmers last week to help their development and training.
Oct. 11, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah's men's and women's swimming and diving teams are incorporating advanced training research to ensure that its athletes compete at peak performance this year.
"We are very fortunate to have the resources at the University of Utah to make sure our athletes have the best opportunity to maximize their training and performance," head coach Mike Litzinger said. "In working with PEAK Academy, we are able to test our athletes and compare the results to the data in the USA Swimming database. This enables us to design and tweak our training program accordingly throughout the season."
The Utes participated in blood lactate tests that detects the accumulation and clearance of lactate in the blood. By testing the levels of lactate in the blood, it is easy to determine if the student-athlete is over- or under-trained, if they are performing at their peak and it also allows for the design and implementation of an optimum and individualized cool-down process.
The tests were done by the PEAK Academy, the clinical entity of the U.'s exercise and sports science department. Graduate students conducted the testing and will study the research collected.
The results will also be sent to USA Swimming and will not only add to the organization's body of research, but it will be compared with other tests done on Olympic and world-class swimmers and divers.