July 28, 2013
SCAT practices and the new season will resume on Monday, August 12th! We hope you and your families enjoy this time away from the pool and look forward to seeing you in two weeks!
“Ah, the off-season; a bittersweet time for swimmers. You look forward to getting a break all year (Saturday mornings to sleep in!?), but when it actually comes time to stay dry for 2-3 weeks, you find yourself antsy. You never spend that much time without pull buoys and fins. You fear the progress you made as athletes during the other 49 weeks of the year will be lost, or that you may fall behind if you take a break.
However, studies, coaches and experienced swimmers alike agree a break is pertinent to continue improving, and it doesn’t mean losing anything. In fact, the goal is to come back from this time mentally and physically stronger than before. Kick your anxiety aside and truly learn how to make the most of your off-season this year.
Spending time away from the pool refreshes motivation and outlook to prevent mental exhaustion, so when late July finally comes, you must embrace the short time out of the water.
The off season provides a short mental break from the demands of being an athlete and student, giving swimmers an opportunity to begin the season with renewed motivation.
“It is not only a chance to get away from the pool and do something else for a while, but it is also a chance to restore the drive it takes to attack your goals when practice resumes.”
Additionally, a physical break is equally important. Athletes improve by pushing limits, crossing boundaries and then reaching new levels. They consistently demand their bodies to perform their best without much time to recuperate.
Giving the mind and body this time to rest and heal allows swimmers to begin the season with their healthiest foot (or fin) forward.”
(excerpt from “Turning On Your Off-Season”; Splash magazine – July/August 2013)