Development and design of performance swimwear
J. Wu, Georgia State University, USA
Innovative performance swimwear has been widely used during competitive swimming competitions to reduce drag force and enhance swimmers’ performance. This chapter briefly reviews the history of performance swimwear development and focuses on the question of whether performance swimwear can significantly improve swimming performance in collegiate and professional swimmers. Specifically, this chapter provides information on the material and design of performance swimwear, the basic biomechanics of swimming, the measurement of passive and active drag force, and the effect of performance swimwear on drag forces and physiological and biomechanical ...