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Jun 13, 2014

Early AM swim practices, while nearly universally loathed, are also a proving ground that separates the elite from the rest. Here are 6 reasons to learn to love early AM practices.  Current   Photo via  Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com Olivier Poirier-Leroy is a former national level swimmer based out of Victoria, BC. In feeding his passion for swimming, he has developed  YourSwimBook, a powerful log book and goal setting guide made specifically for swimmers. Sign up for the YourSwimBook newsletter (free) and get weekly motivational tips by  clicking here. Yes, that sounds...

Mar 13, 2014

Australian swim coach Laurie Lawrence was part of a research project that surveyed 10,000 swimming students throughout Australia over four years to determine whether swimming aids children's cognitive physical and emotion development. Australian swim coach Laurie Lawrence was part of a research project that surveyed 10,000 swimming students throughout Australia over four years to determine whether swimming aids children's cognitive physical and emotion development. Trying to sell a pool to a family that isn’t quite convinced? Hit ’em with this fact: Kids who swim are smarter. According to a recent...

Feb 23, 2014

A Parent’s Game Plan: “Give the Gift of Optimism” Parents easily recognize the negative thinking of their children, but don’t know how to redirect such unproductive thoughts. Most likely your child has not realized that we actually make a choice between optimism and pessimism…between positive thoughts and negative thoughts. Your child has formed a habit of choosing either a pessimistic or an optimistic way of thinking. Pessimists tend to believe the bad things that happen will affect everything in life and are due to being dumb or lacking coordination; in...

Dec 29, 2013

THE IMPORTANCE OF SHORT TERM GOALS FOR SWIMMERS When a swimmer is asked about their goals the answer is invariably something long term and epic – ·         Win the Olympics. ·         Win 9 gold medals at World Champs ·         Beat every single one of my brother’s club records ·         And so on… Yet ask the same swimmer what their goals are for today, or tomorrow,  and you’ll typically be on the receiving end of a blank stare or a mumbled, “you know, whatever.” WHY LONG TERMS GOALS AREN’T ALL THEY...

Dec 28, 2013

Last month I gave my annual nutrition lecture to the physical therapy students at Mercer University in Atlanta. A student, Jacob Reynolds, approached me and asked about my nutrition articles for USA Swimming because he was a former competitive swimmer and was interested in nutrition and athletic performance. Jake swam from the age of 5 through high school with the Montgomery, Alabama YMCA Barracudas. From there he then went on to compete on the NCAA Division I swim team at the University of Alabama. He competed in the 50 and...

Nov 1, 2013

THE 6 KEY COMPONENTS OF COMMITMENT  By Jeff Janssen, Author, Speaker, Professor How do you define commitment? What exactly does it mean to truly be committed to someone or something? In today's age of entitlement and instant gratification, the critical concept of commitment is getting watered down in the minds of many athletes. 80% of coaches believe that today's athletes don't fully understand nor appreciate the importance of commitment. To combat this insidious assault on the importance and value of commitment, I have athletes define the concept of commitment and have...

Sep 6, 2013

 9 GOALS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR BY MIKE GUSTAFSON//CORRESPONDENT     - 9/4/2013 Beginning a new school year can sometimes feel like a huge case of the Mondays. Yesterday, thousands of kids went back to school, and as such, I think I heard 100,000 kids simultaneously release a heavy, despondent sigh trudging to class. Morning practices, exams, math…  But going back to school doesn’t have to be that bad. It’s a new year and a new beginning, which means new goals.  The start of the school year is like New Years Day:...