Table 1. Descriptive characteristics of the elite and sub-elite curling players.
Elite Sub-elite
Males (n) 3 4
Females (n) 7 6
Age (years) 21.5 ± 3.0 18.0 ± 1.3
Height (m) 1.73 ± 0.08 1.73 ± 0.08
Body mass (kg) 68.9 ± 8.6 69.1 ± 9.8
Body mass index (kg/m2) 23.0 ± 1.7 23.3 ± 3.9
Playing experience (years) 9.8 ± 2.4 6.8± 1.2
Previous season competitions (range) 4–10 3–7
Weekly on-ice sessions (range) 3–6 2–5
Weekly gym-based Sessions* (range) 2–4 2
* = Gym-based sessions include total-body strength training and running or cycling conditioning training;
† = significantly different from the elite group (p< 0.05). NB. There were no significant differences between the groups in body mass, body height or body mass index.