Chalmers joins forces with Swedish swimming federation

Chalmers University of Technology

​Chalmers’ new agreement with the Swedish swimming federation will lead to increased investment in research and sports technology in swimming. The collaboration also means more reality-based courses and projects for Chalmers students within the swimming field. ​Chalmers has been a National Sports University since 2015, leading to a close collaboration with specialist sports federations concerning practical sports research, education, and dual careers for elite sports students.

The new agreement means that Chalmers and the Swedish Swimming Federation will discuss, initiate and co-finance both possible research projects, seminars, and lectures that contribute to new knowledge within the swimming field.
“The purpose of the collaboration is to utilize the knowledge and technical resources in the field of hydrodynamics that is gathered at Chalmers and SSPA. We are doing this so that dedicated researchers can create elite sports technology that generates new success for Swedish swimming”, says Magnus Karlsteen, project manager at Chalmers for the National sports university in Gothenburg.
“This collaboration also means that Chalmers students will be able to participate in even more exciting, reality-based courses and projects where concrete demands are made from the swimming field when it comes to the development of new and unique technical solutions”, says Magnus Karlsteen.

Devloping tests with the national team

As a result of the new agreement, Chalmers will also develop different types of tests for swimming in collaboration with the Swedish swimming national team.
“We want to work together with Chalmers to develop existing technology and develop new training and test tools that swimming athletes can use in their everyday training environment. Chalmers’ solid knowledge in mechanics and technology combined with our experience reenables a unique exchange of knowledge”, says Ulrika Sandmark, sports director at the Swedish swimming federation.
One of the first projects within the new collaboration will be about power development and hydrodynamic resistance.
“The water-resistance of a swimmer in combination with the ability to generate power in the water is crucial for the swimming speed. Together with Chalmers, we are now working on further developing this test to collect more reliable data. In the long run, we see that this will result in an increased understanding of power development and water resistance when swimming”, says Ulrika Sandmark.
Text: Vedrana Sivac

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