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Aug 15, 2014 - Goal Setting for Young Athletes
Goal Setting for Young Athletes January 02, 2014 Here we find ourselves again, welcoming a new year and all it will bring into our lives. About 45% of Americans take this opportunity to set the tone f...
Aug 15, 2014 - The Secret to Achieving that All-Important Cut
THE PROBLEM I was talking to a swimmer just this morning who shared with me a familiar, incredibly frustrating story. She was very close to her Olympics Trials cut for the last Olympics and hoping to ...
Apr 16, 2014 - Top Tips For Eating In The Off-Season
Downsize the portions. During the off-season, calorie needs are not as high as when you are in the pool for hours each day. Off-season is a good time to learn the difference between a portion and a s...
Mar 6, 2014 - Celebrate Success
Each night before my children go to bed I ask them what their success of the day is. The idea came from a story I read about the Olympic gymnast, Bart Connor. Turns out 9 months before the 1984 Olympi...
Mar 6, 2014 - Four Tips to be Fast at the End of a Fly Race
How can the best 200 fly swimmers finish the race so well? Are they just less tired than everyone else at the end of a race? Good race strategy and management certainly plays a factor, but I believe t...
Dec 21, 2013 - Three Easy Ways to Check for Dehydration
By Jill Castle, MS, RDN Staying hydrated is a constant effort for many swimmers, requiring a hydration plan around exercise and vigilance for signs of dehydration. In young athletes, a 1% dehydration ...
Dec 6, 2013 - Swimming Fast Under Pressure: Controlling Your Race Focus
WHY DO SOME SWIMMERS GO SLOWER IN RACES THAN THEY DO IN PRACTICE? The secret to swimming fast when it counts the most is to maintain control of your concentration during your entire race. Far too ma...
Dec 6, 2013 - Sore Shoulders? Try This
Soreness is an essential consequence of elite training. The body typically experiences soreness after a novel activity or an increase in training volume. In swimming, a novel activity can be as simp...
Oct 25, 2013 - Staying Loose and Calm Pre-Race
Why are races won and lost before the start? As I've said many times throughout this series, the BIGGEST secret to swimming your best when it counts the most is having the ability to stay loose and ca...
Sep 12, 2013 - Staying in Control Behind the Blocks
Races are won and lost before the start! So many swimmers lose their races before they even get in the pool. This is because they allow themselves to get far too nervous leading up to their event, and...
Aug 19, 2013 - How to Stay Hydrated During Practice
By Jill Castle, MS, RDN Dear Splash, My coach had a lecture for us about drinking things like soda and Gatorade during practice. He asked us to send a letter to the editor asking this question, ...
May 19, 2013 - Top Tips for Feeding Teen Swimmers
With parents and teen athletes on different schedules, how can the family eat meals together so that mom and dad aren?t short order cooks? ?Start by checking everyone?s schedule for the week, and I?ll...
May 19, 2013 - Water
1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. 2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. 3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one?s metabolism a...
May 14, 2013 - Concentration: The Master Skill of Mental Toughness
What you focus on both before and/or during your races will largely determine if you soar with the eagles or gobble with the turkeys! Your training and health being equal, what you concentrate on at m...
Apr 22, 2013 - Carbohydrate Loading for Young Swimmers
By Jill Castle, MS, RDN It?s not uncommon to see teams of young swimmers filing into the local Italian restaurant to load up on pasta the night before a big meet. Or hear of parents planning to cook...
Apr 4, 2013 - Parent Education Video
Parent Education Video By David Benzel, Growing Champions For Life We are excited to bring you our Positive Parent Video for this week. In this video, A New Definition of Winning , you will learn how...
Apr 4, 2013 - Top 5 Recovery Snacks for Athletes
By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RD, CSSDA young swimmer asked me about after-practice recovery snacks, specifically if she needed a special product marketed as an ?after? workout recovery drink. She didn?...
Mar 12, 2013 - Parents Education
We are excited to bring you our Positive Parent Video of the week. In this video, How Do you React to your Child's Errors, you will be challenged to choose between two kinds of responses. Your choic...
Mar 11, 2013 - What's Your Muscle Type?
By Dan McCarthy//High Performance Consultant Is it possible for muscle fiber types to change with training? An important variable when classifying an athlete as a sprinter, or an endurance athlete, i...
Feb 22, 2013 - CHILDREN DO NOT NEED SPORTS SUPPLEMENTS
The organizations condemning the use of sports-supplements by children include the National Institute of Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to the National Institute of Health, t...