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Snatch trajectory of elite level girevoy (Kettlebell) sport athletes and its implications to strength and conditioning coaching
International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
  • James Ross, Australian Catholic University
  • Cameron Wilson, Australian Catholic University
  • Justin Keogh, Bond University
  • Kuok Wai Ho, Australian Catholic University
  • Christian Lorenzen, Australian Catholic University
Date of this Version
1-1-2015
Document Type
Journal Article
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Ross, J., Wilson, C., Keogh, J., Ho, K., & Lorenzen, C. (2015). Snatch trajectory of elite level girevoy (Kettlebell) sport athletes and its implications to strength and conditioning coaching. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching. 10(2), 439-452. doi: 10.1260/1747-9541.10.2-3.439.

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Abstract
Girevoy sport (GS) has developed only recently in the West, resulting in a paucity of English scientific literature available. The aim was to document kettlebell trajectory of GS athletes performing the kettlebell snatch. Four elite GS athletes (age = 29-47 years, body mass = 68.3-108.1 kg, height 1.72-1.89 m) completed one set of 16 repetitions with a 32.1 kg kettlebell. Trajectory was captured with the VICON motion analysis system (250 Hz) and analysed with VICON Nexus (1.7.1). The kettlebell followed a 'C' shape trajectory in the sagittal plane. Mean peak velocity in the upwards phase was 4.03 ± 0.20 m s-1, compared to 3.70 ± 0.30 m s-1 during the downwards phase, and mean radial error across the sagittal and frontal planes was 0.022 ± 0.006 m. Low error in the movement suggests consistent trajectory is important to reduce extraneous movement and improve efficiency. While the kettlebell snatch and swing both require large anterior-posterior motion, the snatch requires the kettlebell to be held stationary overhead. Therefore, a different coaching application is required to that of a barbell snatch.
Citation Information
James Ross, Cameron Wilson, Justin Keogh, Kuok Wai Ho, et al.. "Snatch trajectory of elite level girevoy (Kettlebell) sport athletes and its implications to strength and conditioning coaching" International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching (2015) ISSN: 1747-9541
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/justin_keogh/71/