Physical Profiling and Fitness for Sailing –
The British Sailing Team Sport Science and Sport Medicine
(SSSM) Team have been reviewing Youth and Junior profiling data from the last 5
years in conjunction with the results and recommendations from a PhD research
project conducted by Dr Jones. Following presentation and review to management,
the decision has been made to evolve the support provided to Youth and Junior
sailors to maximise our impact on the critical success factor ‘to develop
mentally and physically robust sailors that do not breakdown’.
Therefore profiling will not be conducted at Junior level
and will be conducted once a year at Youth level to monitor the progression of
sailors and interventions proposed. Profiling resource will be redirected into
strategic interventions at targeted and prominent time points along the
pathway. At Junior level, the proposal is to focus on ‘game play’ activity and
practical educational workshops for sailors, coaches and parents. The aim is to
encourage participation in a range of sports and activities to support the
development of the sailor through the pathway. At Youth level, interventions
will be targeted at specific groups and time points in a sailor’s development,
as well as a greater emphasis placed on educating sailors and coaches on how to
train and develop physical attributes.
We feel this is an exciting opportunity to develop our
support of the pathway creating opportunities for sailors to excel and progress.
for windsurfers is currently being reviewed due to the
different physical demands required in order to be successful. We intend to give
further details on profiling and fitness resources and workshops in due
Fitness of sailors is essential to success:
The physical demands
placed upon sailors to be successful across a range of classes requires them to
be physically fit. This is not only for the classes they may be sailing at this
point, but is also about preparing them for the next boat and the demands that
training and competing at this level require.
The SSSM Team are
producing guidance for sailors at each level of the pathway, and how to be
physically prepared for the sport. This will be delivered by:
Guidance from the squad coaches
Workshops and Interactions with coaches, sailors and
Resources, being made available through coaches and
the RYA websites.
profiling must be completed by all sailors once a year. The profiling session is
important in a sailor’s development as it provides an opportunity for them to
understand their physical strengths whilst highlighting areas where they need
to improve. Profiling will enable sailors to track their physical development
against the training they are completing.
Why do we do it?:
should strive towards trying their hardest in all tests as this will give them
the best indication into how fit they are and if their training is working.
performances will be measured against benchmarks for each test and will be age
and gender specific. Benchmarks will considered the minimum level of physical
performance for a UK squad sailor to progress through the pathway. The outcome
of the tests, will enable the sailors to tailor their specific training program
to optimise fitness by utilising the RYA support resources.
achieved by through the following:
Reduce fatigue – Increase
effectiveness of time on the water
Improve recovery -
Reduce decline in cognitive function
Enable a more productive
learning environment to maximise skill development
Display positive behaviours
in physical development to enable smoother transition to the greater
demands of the Olympic classes or into new classes that have different
Physical profiling & selection:
It is a requirement of the RYA UK Youth selection
policy that all sailors attend profiling once per year to be selected and to maintain
their place within the programme quarterly.
profile tests and benchmarks are designed to measure a sailor’s fitness to be
physically successful in sailing. The
fitness of the sailors will form an important element of selection for the RYA
UK Youth Squad
What happens if I cannot attend profiling test?:
If a sailor is unable to attend the selected
profiling weekend then they should write (email) their HPM to inform them of why
they cannot attend the chosen dates.
There will be one additional session running on the
day prior to the RYA Youth Nationals. This is only for sailors who informed
their HPM and made the required arrangements to do so.
for the February 2020 Physical Profiling is not yet open.
Dates & Venues:
|Sign Up Status
|2nd February 2020
|8th & 9th February 2020
||All other Zones
|13th & 14th February 2021
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