7 Qualities Found in an Elite Long Distance Swimmer

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The Long distance swimmer doesn’t expect you to understand them. If you only appreciate the power of their goals and the energy they have inside.  It’s been over an hour and your teammates went to change. You aren’t even close to the end of your own training session. You’ve been swimming for three hours and have 3,000 meters to go. You’re …

10 Strategies to Help Improve Swimming Times

10 Strategies to Help Improve Swimming Times

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You just can’t find a logical explanation for your poor performance and this new situation is getting to you. You were setting new personal records on your swimming times only a couple of seasons ago, whereas you can’t even get close to those old times nowadays. It does not necessarily mean the training provided is incorrect. There could be countless …

Heart-Rate Recovery After Warm-up in Swimming: A Useful Predictor of Training Heart-Rate Response?

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Abstract For training to be optimal, daily training load has to be adapted to the momentary status of the individual athlete, which is often difficult to establish. Therefore, the current study investigated the predictive value of heart-rate recovery (HRR) during a standardized warm-up for training load. Training load was quantified by the variation in heart rate during standardized training in …

Ultimate Guide to Resisted Swimming Training

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I remember at Purdue, we used the rack and I loved it! 🙂 It was challenging and different, I felt it helped me connect my stroke. Sure, this is anecdotal but whether it physiologically or psychologically worked, I felt there was a benefit. Despite feeling it worked in college, once I began researching the topic, many questions popped up like: …

A Swimmers State Of Mind: Do you have the Right Swimming Mental Attitude?

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The greatest factor affecting whether or not you set a great time and achieve your goals in a competition or during swimming training can sometimes be found in your own mind. The secret is how easily you can focus on the objective. Excessive nervousness, overzealous expectations, and fear of your rivals could be more than enough reasons to lose concentration. …

Eggbeater Biomechanics

Eggbeater Biomechanics

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Water polo differs from swimming as vertical floating and the eggbeater kick allow players to take position and do all the technical movements required, including dribbling and throwing. Players need to focus on different body parts at the same time when floating in vertical position. You need appropriate training to enhance your floating skills. It’s important to master the skill …

All You Need to Know About Dolphin Kicking II

All You Need to Know About Dolphin Kicking

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After watching NCAA footage, one fact becomes increasingly clear each year: dolphin kicking correlates with success [arguably in all strokes, including breast…]. This trend is clear, but not too long ago, dolphin kicking was discouraged, as “experts” thought surface swimming was superior to underwater dolphin kicking. As you see, we have become far since this era, as more research surmounted …

swimming warm-up timing

Swimming Warm-Up Timing

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In the last year, Dr. John has offered several posts on warm-ups both here and at Swimming World (See, Functional Swimming Warmup, Perfect Swimming Warmup, Neuromuscular Shoulder Warmup) One important question we haven’t specifically addressed is “How long should the warm-up end before the race?” Intuitively we know that going straight from a warm-up session to the blocks may provide insufficient recovery for …

Ankle Instability in Swimmers

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It would appear that they do.  This is important because sensory integration is critical for the development of appropriate motor commands.  Sensory integration refers to coordinated adjustments in sensorimotor control that are orchestrated by spontaneously reweighting. Among visual, vestibular, and somatosensory input based on the task being completed and the environment the task is being completed in.  If we walk …