Athlete Education

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, various medical professionals, as well as just other veterans of the sport.

The YNWL 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.

Rest and Recovery - the importance of and tips from Olympic Gold Medalist

7 Helpful Ways to Become a Happy Swimmer

The Big Deal About a Swimmer's Nutrition (notice none of this mentions supplements, at all)

5 Ways to Expertly Blanance School and Swimming

Tips for Improving Turns, Underwatersm, and Breakouts

The Differences Between College and High School Swimming

An Honest Sport: 15 Truths About Swimming

3 Key Differences Between High School and College Swimming

What Does it Take to Become an Elite Athlete

Trust the Process

The Importance of Failing Like a Champion

5 Fun Facts About Swimmers and Sleep

The Bad Kicker

Can't Swim? Here are 25 things you CAN do to stay in the zone & get fighting fit

Want to Be Mentally Tougher This Season? Sleep More

What Happened To Racing?

Nutrition Tips for Sluggish Swimmers

Failure Found to Be an "Essential Prerequisite" for Success

When You Don't Feel Motivated To Go To Practice

Why D3 Swimming Deserves Great Recognition

How to Stop Overthinking so You Can Swim Your Best

The Hungry Swimmer: Let's Talk About Pasta

I Worry That I Am Going To Swim Bad And Not Achieve My Goals

How to Bounce Back When You Swim Like a Five Alarm Dumpster Fire

Mary T. Meagher: Success is Ordinary

Katie Ledecky's Willingness to Fail is Her Greatest Talent

Athlete Nutrition Advice - Meets & Practice

I Worry About Disappointing My Parents

HELP-Other Swimmers on My Team are Swimming Fast and I'm Not

NCAA Recruiting Rule Changes

7 Things You Can Do Today for a Better Practice Tomorrow

Making Up School Work When You Miss Class For Sports

Is a Proper Warmup the Key to Swimming Fast?

Why Your Coach Makes You Train Your "Off" Strokes

Getting Mentally Prepared for Championship Meets

The Boring-ness of Being an Elite Swimmer

How to Embrace Your Pre-Race Nerves and Use Them to Your Advantage

Get Your Turns in Shape

The Truth About Lactate Threshold (a bit sciency but good)

The Power of Training the Details

The 411 on Transitioning from High School to College Swimming

Tis' the Season to Shave - Or Not?

Why It's Better for Young Athletes to Lift 'Too Light' Rather Than 'Too Heavy'

Jason Lezak and the Power of Competing

7 Fun Facts About Age Group Swimming Plateaus

Today is the Most Important Day of Your Taper Meet

Top Qualities College Teams Want in Recruits

When You Don't Feel Motivated To Go To Practice

Four Ways to Become a Student of the Sport

The Best Breathing Pattern In The 100 Freestyle

What Is Wrong With Me?

Be Grateful for Setbacks

Questions to Ask College Coaches

Proper Workout Nutrition

Disappointed But Not Disheartened: 3 Ways to Move Forward After a Tough Season Finale

Managing Last-Minute Negative Thinking and Doubts

When You Work Hard but Aren't Getting Faster

Attention Young Athlete: Is Supplementation Right For Your?

How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Everyone Else

Trust The Process

What 5 Things College Coaches Are Looking For The Most

A Man Among Gods - D3 Swimmer Training With a D1 Team

Why Your Coach Makes You Train Your "Off" Strokes

Is Garbage Yardage Actually Really Important?

The Bad Habit That Drives Swim Coaches Crazy

6 Toxic Thoughts Every Swimmer Should Drop

Learning to Love Yourself

Want to Be Mentally Tougher? Sleep More

The Two Words Keeping You From Faster Swimming: "I CAN'T"

15 Signs You Are a Tapering Swimmer

How To Not Let Bad Results Effect You

Talent is Overrated: 7 Habits of Elite-Level Swimmers

This Year Try Being Grateful For The Setbacks In The Pool

Hydration: The Pinnacle of Athlete's Health


Fitness and Fatigue

Eat Right, Swim Faster - A Nutritional Guide

5 Things You Can't Control In The Pool

Trust The Process

Don't Think About Going Fast...

Heroes of Swimming History

How To Pace Your Race

Misconceptions About Fast Swimmers (especially #6)

History of Collegiate Swimming: First College Swim Championship

Teaching Age Group Swimmers Proper Pace Control & Race Strategy

Water vs. Sports Drinks-study

How to Beat Pre-Race Anxiety

Dolphin Kicks In Races

Energy Conservation and Management for High Performance

The 3 Most Popular Race Strategies in Swimming

What's wrong with being confident? (Not Arrogant)

Avoiding Low Back Pain

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

Common Protein Mistakes Young Athletes Make

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... Read More....