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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2009) 08, 495 - 500

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The Sports Science of Curling: A Practical Review
John L. Bradley
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University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Publish Date
Received: 10-07-2009
Accepted: 02-10-2009
Published (online): 01-12-2009
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Curling is a sport played on ice in which two teams each deliver 8 granite stones towards a target, or ‘house’. It is the only sport in which the trajectory of the projectile can be influenced after it has been released by the athlete. This is achieved by sweeping the ice in front of the stone to change the stone-ice friction and thereby enable to stone to travel further, curl more or stay straight. Hard sweeping is physically demanding. Different techniques of sweeping can also have different effects on the stone. This paper will review the current research behind sweeping a curling stone, outline the physiological demands of sweeping, the associated performance effects and suggest potential strategies of sweeping that can be used by both coaches and curling teams.

Key words: Sweeping, winter sports, physiological demands, sweep strategy, training

           Key Points
  • Sweeping a curling stone can be highly physically demanding.
  • Effective sweeping requires a combination of downward force and brush head speed, determined by the stone velocity.
  • Sweeping on the left or right of a stone can help the stone to remain straight or curl more depending on the rotation of the stone.
  • This can lead to the development of sweeping and playing tactics and contribute to team selection.
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