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Swimmer Development

SWIMMER DEVELOPMENT


SWIMMING ARTICLES
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Why you should push rather than pull the water in Backstroke Neither pulling motion, with a straightened arm nor a deeper scooping motion, will create a lot of propulsion in backstroke. Link
The first rule of sports (and all) parenting: Don’t speak Your child doesn’t have to play in the Super Bowl for you to know the feeling. Their team was supposed to win and then they didn’t. What do you do? Link
Recovery Strategies for Endurance Athletes The human body is an amazing machine. It can recover from some extreme conditions, bounce back from injury and thrive when given the right circumstances. Link
3 Tips for High Performance Flip Turns For swimmers who want to get faster, the tendency is to spend more time working on improving conditioning or fine-tuning technique. While both of those things are critical to swimming like a boss, it’s shocking how many swimmers pass up one of the easiest things they can improve their personal best times: crushing their flip turns. Link
The Lies We Tell Ourselves That Keep Us From Swimming Faster Surely you’ve experienced it at one time or another. You put together a couple awesome workouts in the pool, and you can’t help but feel a growing surge of power at your back, as though the accumulated positivity and accomplishment in recent days is pushing you forward and onward. But then what happens? We slacken off. We miss a day. And then we start back at square one, picking up the pieces, trying to get back to that place we just were. Link
How to Build a Foundation of Mental Toughness But to build true mental toughness, you need to start with basic skills and progress—just like you need to master basic exercises before advancing to advanced physical moves. Link
6 Questions to Ask to Make Yourself a Mentally Tough Swimmer  Michael Phelps is legendary for his steely-eyed focus behind the blocks. Looking down the pool with that focused, angry, thousand yard stare you can see that nothing will shake him from his mental state. He simply exudes mental fortitude to the point that it seems like he’d been born with it. Link
9 Basic Swimming Skills that Count “No matter how strong and fit you are, if you don’t have the proper technique, then you won’t go fast.” Link
What Makes a Swimmer Smart? American Maya DiRado won four Medals at the recent Olympic Games. As impressive as that was, what she achieved on the high school Scholastic Aptitude Test may be even more impressive: a perfect score. Link
What Competition Begins with the Way You Think Your athletic performance depends on how mentally and physically ready you are to perform. While you may believe that the physical aspects of performance are most important, you should not diminish the importance of the mental aspects of athletic performance. Link
7 Reasons to Swim Long Course While the transition can often be painful in the first few weeks, as swimmers’ bodies adjust to the longer pool and lack of walls, the long course season can offer huge opportunities for any swimmer. Link
The Secret To Achieving That All-Important Cut How often do you find yourself going faster when it doesn't count than when it does? Link
5 Nutrition Myths For The Growing Swimmer That Won't Die Certain tenets of nutrition are tried and true, backed by the research, and used in practical and effective ways.  Link
7 Ways To Make Waking Up For Workouts Easier Here are 7 tips to help make those early mornings a little more bearable, without having to resort to tricking yourself or having your old man dump water on you. Link
Mastering Discouragement and Disappointment If you are a serious athlete and have big dreams to go far in this sport, then there's one thing that I can promise you will always be in your future, right between you and those big dreams: FAILURE. Link
Protein: It's All In The Distribution Protein is always a hot topic, but most articles focus on how much an athlete should eat during the day, or when they should eat it to best recover or build muscle. Link
The Magic of an Opportunity Imagine Doc Brown from Back to the Future came up to you and said, "Today you're going to set a world record. The only thing you have to do is race." Link
Growing Swimmers May Need a 4th Meal Swimmers can burn a lot of calories in the pool. More time in the pool translates to more calories burned. Depending on the stage of growth, such as in the adolescent growth spurt, the need for calories to ensure normal growth and development while also covering the nutritional needs for swimming may be quite high. Link
How to Develop the Mindset of a Champion Swimmer this Year Once you get your swimming habits in order, are willing to take the steps necessary to master yourself mentally, unbelievable things can happen for you in the water. Link
Working on Your Concentration Skills in Practice There's no question that races are won and lost before the start. If the quality of your training is poor, that is, if you skip practices, accumulate a lot of “garbage yardage” where you just go through the motions, back down when it gets tough and fail to pay attention to the important details when you swim, then your race results will always reflect this. Link
Avoid The Biggest Mental Mistake That Swimmers Make You have to learn to stay physically loose and mentally composed behind the blocks before your races. If you allow yourself to get too nervous pre-race, your muscles will get too tight for you to swim to your potential. What's the biggest cause of out-of-control, pre-race nervousness? FOCUSING ON THINGS THAT YOU CAN'T DIRECTLY CONTROL! Link
Swim Faster the Easy Way - Streamlines

How important is a streamline to a swimmer? I think it can make a world of difference, particularly in a short-course setting, since streamlines and the idea of reducing drag can be applied to starts, swimming, and turns. My take on swimming and streamlines is they are a way to make a minimum energy investment for a maximum speed return. Not exactly a free lunch for a swimmer, but as close as it gets in the swimming pool.

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Shoulder Problems: Fix Your Technique Shoulder pain is unfortunately a very common occurrence in swimming. Many people accept it as a part of the sport – a result of thousands upon thousands of repeated strokes – and some people are lucky to never experience pain and some people aren’t. It doesn’t have to be like that! Certainly, some people’s shoulder pain is unavoidable, but for many others, a simple change in technique could be the fix. Link
How Swimming Other Strokes Benefits Your Freestyle There is a striking resemblance among all four of the strokes. Focusing on just one arm during the power phase of each stroke, this article reveals that strokes are not only similar, but they are indistinguishable from one another. Link
Why (And How) To Learn To Bilateral Breathe  Breathing on both sides of your body while you are swimming creates smooth, even strokes. You get a better balance in the water by alternating your breathing and you develop uniform muscles. This article goes into more depth as to why bilateral breathing is important. Link
The Impact of Over-Rotation on Freestyle and Backstroke Over rotation can have many negative effects on the strength and efficiency of long axis strokes. This article discusses the correct amount of rotation, and why "snappy" rotation is better than rolling rotation.  Link