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The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2018 Mar 01

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.18.08242-7

Copyright © 2018 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

lingua: Inglese

Individualized dry-land intervention program for an élite Paralympic swimmer: a case report

Luca CAVAGGIONI 1 , Athos TRECROCI 1, Massimiliano TOSIN 2, F. Marcello IAIA 1, Giampietro ALBERTI 1

1 Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy; 2 Italian Paralympic Swimming Federation, Rome, Italy


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The aim of this retrospective case study is the longitudinal description of the physical and functional parameters of a top-level Paralympic swimmer class S9-SB8-SM9 during four swimming seasons of training, from the Paralympic games in London 2012 to the Paralympic games in Rio 2016. A 22-year-old male swimmer underwent a specific preventive dry-land training based on diaphragmatic breathing, postural alignment, and slow-velocity resistance training aimed to improve his muscle strength. He was tested by using the Functional Movement ScreenTM, photographic postural assessment and vertical jump. The swimmer improved his functional, postural and strength parameters indicating a better functional movement and muscular power. These results shows that a four-year specific dry-land intervention could be capable of enhancing the functional and physical requirements of a top-level Paralympic swimmer. This approach might be a suitable novel alternative for physical therapists and athletic trainers to integrate their training protocols for athletes with similar impairments.


KEY WORDS: Disability - Paralympic swimming - Functional movement - Breathing pattern - Motor control

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Article first published online: March 01, 2018
Manuscript accepted: January 25, 2018
Manuscript revised: January 8, 2018
Manuscript received: October 6, 2017

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Cavaggioni L, Trecroci A, Tosin M, Iaia FM, Alberti G. Individualized dry-land intervention program for an élite Paralympic swimmer: a case report. J Sports Med Phys Fitness 2018 March 01. DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.18.08242-7

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cavaggioni.luca@gmail.com