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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 …

hell week and swimming training

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 …

Does Variability Enhance Motor Learning

Does Variability Enhance Motor Learning in Swimming?

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Many instructors, coaches, and therapists are interested in the question – “does introducing movement variability during practice facilitate learning?” Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not likely yes or no. It is important to move away from the notion of considering variability as a static term because it is possible to introduce variability during practice in multiple ways, which …

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Effect of self-paced active recovery and passive recovery on blood lactate removal following a 200 m freestyle swimming trial.

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Abstract Effect of self-paced active recovery and passive recovery on blood lactate removal following a 200 m freestyle swimming trial. PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of self-paced active recovery (AR) and passive recovery (PR) on blood lactate removal following a 200 m freestyle swimming trial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Fourteen young swimmers (with a training frequency …

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Effect of the Pacing Strategies on the Open Water 10km World Swimming Championships Performances

Effect of the Pacing Strategies on the Open Water 10km World Swimming Championships Performances

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Effect of the Pacing Strategies on the Open Water 10km World Swimming Championships Performances Purpose: The aim of the present research was 1) to compare the pacing strategies of different level open water swimmers during the 10km race of the FINA 2015 World Swimming Championships (WCH), and 2) to relate these pacing strategies to the race performance. Methods: Final and …

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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.  …