When determining how fast a swimmer is able to perform, coaches measure how much water they are able to hold. The specific amount of water that a swimmer holds is equivalent to how much pressure is put on each hand throughout each cycle of pulling. There is a new form of technology called the Pressure Meter, and it is able to automatically detect how much water is being pulled by each hand, giving coaches a much more accurate reading of how fast each swimmer truly is.
- The Pressure Meter was invented in Italy, and gives swimmers the ability to measure the pressure pull that is exerted by each hand during swimming.
- This invention has shown that the more water that a person holds while swimming, the faster that their stroke is as a result.
- Swimming is a sport that is highly detail-oriented, making technology such as The Pressure Meter imperative in determining flaws in one’s technique.
“This study confirms that there is a direct correlation between how fast a swimmer rotates his or her body and how much force or pressure that he or she can generate with the pulling hand, a phenomenon we refer to as coupling. In other words, a swimmer’s body rotational speed helps him or her hold more water.”