neural fatigue in swimmers

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 …

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 …

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.  …

Deception and Swimming

Deception and Swimming

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Deception and Swimming Background: Receiving feedback during training is considered essential feedback for race pace training. This is believed to train the body to repeatedly swim a certain speed. However, the central nervous system and psychological aspect of fatigue and performance are essential in training and sporting success. In fact, the contribution of the central nervous system as the main …

Force Potential of the Early Vertical Forearm

Force Potential of the Early Vertical Forearm

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Force Potential of the Early Vertical Forearm Force potential is the ideal combination of mass and acceleration in the pool. In swimming, the amount of force directly correlates with power, as power also considers time. Power is essential for success since power influences swimming speed (D’Acquisto 2003). Specifically, the arms play a significant role, as arm strength seems to directly …