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The following are articles from a variety of competitive swimming web sites. Many of these articles have been written and composed by some of the top professionals in the sport of competitive swimming, nutritionists, and various medical professionals.

The PCY Tigershark coaching staff encourages all parents and swimmers to reference this section regularly. You will find articles on everything from nutrition to the mental aspect of swimming.

 Race Prep - from Scott Colby's May 2018 Presentation @Tuesday Talk Time

Ten Rules of Taper...Read More

Avoiding Low Back Pain...Read More

The swimming warm-down: often the first thing to get thrown out the window at the end of a session or after a bad race. Here is why you should commit to warming down after every race...Read more

You’ve probably read about tennis athlete Maria Sharapova using a banned substance, meldonium. This substance was only recently added to the World Anti-Doing Agency (WADA) banned substance list, and Sharapova said she had been taking it for many years....Read More...

 

The scapula is the foundation of the shoulder girdle, more commonly known as the shoulder blade.  Stroke efficiency is at its best, and risk for shoulder injury is decreased, when the scapula muscles are strong enough to handle the generated force and mobile enough to allow for proper glenohumeral function. Read More...

 

Common Protein Mistakes Young Athletes Make: In the world of sports, protein has a magical aura. Some young athletes believe protein is the nutrient they cannot live without, and the one that should be maximized at all costs. Read More...

 

FUELING YOUR STROKE

Six 200’s descending on five minutes. Twenty-five 50’s on :58. Whatever your “favorite,” every set during every workout and dryland session requires energy. Read more...

 

 

 

O is for Overtraining

Physical exhaustion, sore muscles, mental fatigue, moodiness – what swimmer hasn’t experienced this before? While most swimmers are accustomed to wearing themselves out, too much exertion with not enough rest can lead to what’s often referred to as “overtraining.” Read more...

 

 

SHOULDER INJURY PREVENTION

It is well-established that a comprehensive program to develop strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility of the muscles is the most important way to prevent “swimmer’s shoulder". The exercises described in this review were chosen to develop these characteristics based on a sound knowledge of the muscles that are most important for optimal shoulder function. Read more...

 

Nutritional Advice for Swimmers

When it comes to fueling your body for swimming, timing is everything. Most swimmers have heard they need carbohydrate, some protein and fat for proper nutrition. But knowing when to eat these nutrients is critical for optimal performance. Read more...

 

Even My Eyebrows Hurt!Just about everyone who strives to be - the best they can be develops sore muscles at some time, so it is amazing that this is still mostly a mystery. Consider this: we don’t really understand the main source of pain, we don’t understand why it takes so long to show up, most of the treatments suggested don’t work consistently, and there is no reliable way to prevent the problem except taking it easy. Read More...

 

 

Yes! You Can! The Importance of "Self Confidence" in Achieving Your Swimming Goals

Have you said (or thought) any of the following in the past few months??? "I can’t do it," "They are much faster than me. I’ll come last," "I’m hopeless," "I’ve never been able to do that, so I know I can’t do it now," "It’s just too hard. It’s impossible." Read More...

 

 

What is a Taper and What is in it?

The word taper in swimming is a word that we all come to know early in our swimming career. I’m not too sure whether or not we all really know what tapering is and why it is used. The following is a working definition of what we will be covering; a taper is "the reduction of workload during a period immediately prior to a major competition." As a swimmer goes through their swimming career... Read More....