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Taking Pride in the Agony Posted by Glenn Mills on Nov 16, 2011 08:44PM (6,010 views) 1 1 1 Day by day, swimmers trudge on. They endure the thankless loneliness of training... the agony and pain that just keeps coming. The drudgery that goes along with the agony makes this one of the toughest sports, physically and mentally. Chasing a ball, or running around a track, or even hitting someone across the line from you, brings tremendous pain if you're training to be the best, but the mental part of...

Nurturing Resilience Raising children to be competent and caring. by Michael Ungar, Ph.D. Olympic Gold Medalists and Raising Resilient Kids Recent research on how elite athletes succeed is useful to parents who want to r Published on July 4, 2013 by Michael Ungar, Ph.D. in Nurturing Resilience In an article in Psychology of Sport and Exercise, David Fletcher and Mustafa Sarkar report on their interviews with Olympic gold medalists and how they cope under the incredible stress that accompanies elite level sport. There are some good lessons here for us...

Excerpts Balance intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for success By Costas I. Karageorghis and Peter C. Terry There are two main sources of motivation. Generally speaking, motivation can come from the outside, such as the motivation to win medals, receive financial rewards, and attract attention from the media. This is known as external, or extrinsic, motivation because it involves participation in sport for some kind of reward that is external to the process of participation. On the other hand, athletes who participate because they enjoy the process—that is, they find sport...

by Mike Boyle The Secret 10 Votes “I predict the sun will rise in the east. When it does I will then declare that I can control the movement of the sun.” The big secret is that there is no secret. I have been saying this for years. There is always a guy ready to take credit for someone’s combination of hard work and great genetics. I hate the money grubbers who always claim to have found the holy grail of training. All they have really found is a list...

Taken from swimswam.com http://swimswam.com/ At every level of the sport, swimming is partially an individual sport and partially a team sport. From the early years as an age-group or summer league swimmer through the collegiate and post-grad level, you compete as an individual, but for a team. Any swimmer will tell you that your teammates are the people you rely on to push you through practice when the pool is the last place you want to be. Every athlete is motivated differently. Some can train by themselves everyday and are...

great link for parents to read- http://www.handsfreemama.com/2013/06/25/stepping-back-to-watch-children-soar/

Continue Swim Training During an Injury 1 When I consult with club teams or individuals I am continually surprised to see how many injured swimmers are not training! Now, I know this opposes the view of many physicians and rehabilitation specialist, who suggest rest and medication during any injury, but even during an injury, it is essential and possible to train! For example, let us discuss someone with a shoulder injury. Let’s say a swimmer has should pain and they are diagnosed with impingement. We've discussed ad nauseum about the...

Email From Sean Baker at Mare Nostrum The following is an email from Sean Baker of the Oakville Aquatic club. Sean was one of the coaches that was selected to the Mare Nostrum tour. He sent this email earlier today with his observations of world swimming during this tour. The thing I found most interesting was point #3 below; a harsh but honest truth. Please read! ------------------ date: Tue, Jun 18, 2013 at 6:16 AM subject: Mare Nostrum tour Today we finished our last practice here in Canet en Rousillon....

Fueling for Performance: How proper timing of meals affects both sport and academic performance Nutrition is critical for both academic and sports performance. A diet that is adequate in carbohydrate, protein, healthy fat, vitamins, minerals, and fluid is the foundation of day-to-day eating for overall health. As important as what to eat, though, is when a student-athlete eats. The right fuel at the right time influences how well they feel, learn, perform and recover. Student-athletes need to fuel early and often in order to meet their daily energy needs. Studies...

Focus on effort, not the outcome: Sports psychologist As a former provincial and recreational sports coach and a soccer parent, Dr. Peter Crocker knows a thing or two about the influence adults can have on young athletes. ALAN CAMPBELL - RICHMOND NEWS THURSDAY, MAY 30 2013 20:00:00 -04:00 Dr. Peter Crocker As a former provincial and recreational sports coach and a soccer parent, Dr. Peter Crocker knows a thing or two about the influence adults can have on young athletes. And being a professor of kinesiology and associate member of...