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Prof. Raãºl Arellano

Ass. Professor
Department of Physical Education and Sports
Faculty of Sports Sciences, Carretera de Alfacar, sn

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Prof. Raúl Arellano is teaching “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 the swimming propulsion. He became a Titular Professor (Ass. Prof.) of the previous subjects at University the Granada in 1993. Prof. Arellano participated in the Analysis of Swimming Competition International Projects developed during the 1992 and 2000 Olympic Games, 1993 FINA Short course World Swimming Championships, 2001 JOJE European Swimming Championships and 2003 FINA World Swimming Championships. Nearly three thousand participants were analyzed in those competitions, developing after these analyses statistical models of race swimming performances. This methodology was applied in Spain in 12 times extending the model to different levels of performance and ages. He developed and directed the Biomechanics Lab (1994-99) in the Altitude Training Centre of Sierra Nevada (Granada, Spain) and he cooperated in the design of the 50m indoor swimming pool. During this period of research and advice more than five thousand swimmers were tested and evaluated from many different countries. Prof. Arellano has made contributions to the knowledge of fluid mechanics applied to swimming sport developing new systems of fluid visualization, enabling us to know how water interacts with the body and propulsive segments while the wakes and vortices are generated. Underwater undulatory swimming was studied in depth by his research group; these studies permitted them to relate body movements of the human being with the movements of aquatic animals. He is the author of several scientific papers and conference contributions related with swimming biomechanics: technique evaluation, vortices production, swimming start force recording, propulsive force recording, flow visualization, race analysis, training testing and so on. Former master swimmer and water-polo player.

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