How is push-off strength measured, what to look for in a good push-off, and how to improve the strength produced.
What is Push Strength?
Push strength, or Push-Off Strength, is an Index of accumulated total acceleration during the push-off. It is the fastest point during any length, and every effort put forth by the swimmer for the duration of the length is to retain as much of that speed as possible.
How is it measured?
Push-off Strength is measured by the speed of the swimmer upon leaving the wall. This value has no upper bound, but most swimmers won’t see values higher than 40. There is no unit of measure for push Strength.
What is a good Push Strength?
A high push-off strength means that the swimmer is going faster and farther off the wall.
A strong, sustained push, with good streamlined coming off the wall is key to a powerful push-off. While the turn is not accounted for in the calculation of this metric, a properly executed turn is the perfect set-up for a strong push-off.
The momentum built from the push-off helps maximize time underwater and lead to a powerful breakout, which can ultimately shave off crucial seconds in overall time.
Typical Values Chart
Below is a chart that shows the average range swimmers in our database see for push strength. Check where you fall for your preferred stroke and pool length combinations.
How to Improve Push Strength?