Fit to Race: Identifying the balance, type and sources of knowledge in fitness for Motorsport

Hoyes, K., and Collins, D. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-7601-0454 (2018) Fit to Race: Identifying the balance, type and sources of knowledge in fitness for Motorsport. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 13 (5). pp. 751-760. ISSN 1747-9541

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In Motorsport, due perhaps to a lack of empirical evidence, it is not always clear what fitness training is required and what roles specific fitness components play, particularly outside the elite levels. Consequently, drivers and their trainers are often left to their own devices, placing reliance on anecdotal information. Accordingly, using a large sample of racing drivers, coaches and fitness trainers, the aim of this investigation was to identify the perceived importance and contribution of fitness components, the sources of information used to reach these conclusions and levels of confidence in the views reported. Survey data from 166 drivers (151 males, 15 females) showed that, in general, cardiovascular fitness, upper body strength, coordination and reactions were perceived as being the most important. Data on sources of information used supported the conjecture that training can often be based on “word of mouth”. Despite a fairly high level of confidence in the views expressed, there is clearly a significant opportunity for practitioners working within Motorsport to provide clearer, proven information so that drivers can feel confident that they are training optimally.

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