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The Differences Between Long-Course and Short-Course Swimming

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During springtime, many swimmers transition from winter short course training and racing into summer long course season.  Though some teams have the option to alternate long course and short course throughout the year, others swim exclusively in one swimming pool setup regardless of the current competitive season.   We all know that SCY and LCM feel extremely different and have different …

The Science Behind Hand Paddles

The Science Behind Hand Paddles

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The science behind hand paddles is still relatively unknown despite their ubiquity on pool decks and the extensive research and design behind their creation.  Some coaches and swimmers treat them like poison, as paddles may aggravate cranky shoulders or make swimmers pay dearly for flaws in stroke mechanics (McMaster 1993). Others treat them like an addictive drug as paddles can …

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Neural Fatigue in Swimmers

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What is neural fatigue? Quite simply neurons get tired. It’s still not entirely clear how or why this happens, but we do know that fatigue is more than the muscular and cardiovascular systems. Some theorize neural fatigue is an evolved biological mechanism to prevent us from causing serious damage to our bodies, which is one application of Dr. Noakes’ Central …

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Hell Week and Swimming Training

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December is a joyous time for many swimmers, with final exams concluding, time off school, a chance to finally sleep in, and of course holiday food and presents.  The holidays also bring infamous Hell Week training for many programs.  Though few Masters teams have complete Hell Weeks, epic holiday sets like 100 x 100 are longtime staples with a similar …

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Choosing Repetitions for Dryland Training

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Last week Dr. John covered the critical point of regressions and progressions (Dryland Mistake: Exercise Progressions and Regressions). Choosing the most effective exercise often depends on how many repetitions one can perform. In this post we’ll cover variables coaches must consider in choosing repetition schemes. There is no single best repetition scheme, but repetitions must always align with goals for …

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Plyometrics For Swimming

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We’ve covered plyometrics for swimmers several times on this site, but it’s a topic worth revisiting as many teams are in the early season, and ready to install new programming if they haven’t already done so.  With images of Ryan Lochte’s epic training routines shown across the globe during the Olympics, it’s natural that more want to copy the world’s …

Are Breaststrokers Born or Made?

Are Breaststrokers Born or Made?

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It’s an age old question for which there is no perfect answer.  Many would say they are born, but coaches have turned many”3/4’s” IM-ers into well rounded individual medley competitors.  Despite variation in individual experience, research may guide us toward what qualities matter when selecting young breaststroke talent. In previous reviews, we have analyzed anthropometric and flexibility research, noting that …

Immune System of Elite Swimmers

Immune System of Elite Swimmers

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Immune System of Elite Swimmers Certain periods seem to bring a higher than normal incidence of illness: holidays and training camps are common sick periods, but early fall is another sick time.  Stress levels escalate as school resumes, schedules get more frantic, and kids gather into a petri dish of germs, all of which challenge the immune system for swimmers.  …

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How to Provide Swimming Feedback

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There are several considerations for optimizing swimming feedback: Timing – How soon after the task do you offer feedback? Frequency – How often do you provide feedback? After every length (novice swim lessons) or between sets with advanced swimmers? Extrinsic vs. intrinsic feedback – Examples of extrinsic feedback include verbal cues or watching a video. Generally, extrinsic feedback is associated with skill acquisition. …