Dr. Raúl Arellano
Facultad de Ciencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte
Universidad de Granada, Spain

* arellano@ugr.es

Lecture: “Complex systems applied to competitive swimming: analysis of swimming performance and fluid mechanics”

Prof. Raúl Arellano teaches “Biomechanics and Training applied to Swimming Sport” and “Analysis and Evaluation of Sport Technique”. He received his Ph.D. from University of Granada in Physical Education in 1992 studying swimming propulsion. He became a tenured lectured (Assoc. Prof.) of the previous subjects at University of Granada in 1993. In 1995 he developed the Laboratory of Analysis of Sport Techniques and organized the advanced technological training and recording facilities of the swimming pool at High Altitude Elite Training Centre of Sierra Nevada (Granada, Spain), enabling the evaluation of thousands of swimmers of every ability level and age.

He participated in the Analysis of Swimming Competition International Projects developed during the 1992 and 2000 Olympic Games. Nearly two thousand participants were analyzed in both competitions and statistical models based on these analyses of race swimming performances were developed subsequently. This methodology was applied in Spain on 12 occasions extending the model to different levels of performance and ages.

He has made contributions to the knowledge of fluid mechanics applied to swimming sport developing new systems of fluid visualization, showing how the water interacts with the body and propulsive segments while the vortices are generated. Deep analysis of underwater undulating swimming reveals the relation of the body movements of the human being with those aquatic animals.

Prof. Arellano is the author of several scientific papers and conference contributions on swimming biomechanics: technique evaluation, vortices production, swimming start force recording, propulsive force recording, flow visualization, race analysis, training testing and so on.