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Below is an interview on a swimmers use of backpacks, specifically answering the question: Do backpacks cause shoulder pain? Here is the latest article by Yoram Epstein, Effect of Load Carriage on Upper Limb Performance. Review the latest studies and complete research work sites here. 1. What research exists on the question, do backpacks cause shoulder pain? What…

Improving ankle mobility in freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly is often vexing for both swimmers and coaches. Some swimmers appear naturally blessed with mobile ankles. Others work madly to force plantar flexion (toes pointed down) but make little progress. Although plantar flexion and dorsiflexion (toes pointed up) are both needed for dynamic ankle mobility in the…

Many movements have dedicated research on muscles involved during the exercise, except swimming. Sure, there is research, unfortunately the majority of this research is old and dated as techniques and biomechanics have changed greatly since the research in the ‘90s (or earlier). Nonetheless, we have to work with the research we have when analyzing muscle…

I’ve talked about shoulder pain and rehabilitation in the past, click here, but why does it seem the location of shoulder pain is erratic? I’ve had a few high level coaches tell me treating shoulder pain is nearly impossible, since the pain can jump around, described as unpredictable. Whether you’ve had pain in the front, side, or back…

Lean wit it Rock (or Roll) wit it Backstroke is a unique stroke. Despite the obvious difference in orientation, backstroke is more than freestyle on the back. Elite backstroke swimmers have two typical stroke styles discussed eloquently by Russ Payne on backstroke: rocking or rolling. These vastly different styles differ by the degree or rotation…

1) Please introduce yourself to the readers (how you started in swimming,education, experience, etc.). My name is Jeff Commings and I’ve been swimming for more than 30 years. I started when I was 4 as a way to have something to do at a boys’ club in St. Louis. I graduated from the University of…

1) Please introduce yourself to the readers (how you started in swimming,education, experience, etc.). My name is Felicia Lee and I’m 19 years old. I’ve been swimming since I was about three, starting in the water just to learn safety and then when I was four, I joined my first swim team because my brother…

I’m a simple man with simple pleasures. I’m also a stickler on a few points:  People who don’t turn off their phone in movies. Easiest thing in the world, vibrate or silent (preferably silent, but I’ve given up on this request and will accept vibrate). I mean you’re not that important no one is, trust me…

This series will delve into the most common exercises used in swimming dryland programs. Each week I will discuss why they are performed, why they shouldn’t be performed or how they are being performed incorrectly, then options for improvement. Step away from the oven, this hotly debated topic can be felt from Santa Clara, CA…

Just about every aspect of swimming technique has evolved dramatically over the past few decades. One of the most significant changes has been the refinement of body undulation in the underwater kick and in the short axis strokes. The underwater dolphin kick has become such a weapon that we now have rules that limiting use. …

   
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