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Swimmer’s Shoulder Return to Swimming Program

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Take Home Points: The commonly used plans for returning a swimmer to the pool after a shoulder injury have many flaws. Swim coaches and health care professionals have vastly different views, both contributing to the problem. Swim coaches do not want their swimmers to miss any time from the pool as they feel any missed time will prevent progress. Health …

Variability And Motor Learning

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Many instructors, coaches, and therapists are interested in the question – “does introducing movement variability during practice facilitate learning?” Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not likely yes or no. It is important to move away from the notion of considering variability as a static term because it is possible to introduce variability during practice in multiple ways, which …

What Predicts Youth Swimming Performance

What Predicts Youth Swimming Performance?

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1. Please introduce yourself to the readers (how you started in the profession, education, credentials, experience, etc.). My name is Kristen Cochrane and I received a Bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Sciences from the University of California, Irvine in 2008 and a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from California State University, Fullerton in 2012. I am a member of the American College of …

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The Definitive Defense of Why Swimmers Should Never Use a Kickboard for Training

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Glad the title got you to click. Now, before you dismiss this notion, please keep an open mind. I know many of you will mark this article as nonsense or will assume you know all this information before reading further. If swimmers never use a kickboard again, they could: The list of benefits could go on and on. What it …

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8 Steps to Improve 1.2 seconds in your 50 Free and break the 21 second barrier!

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Overall improvements in swimming diminish with improvement. As swimmers progress, it is much harder to improve then when you’re a newbie, pulling up your Speedo for the first time. I remember attempting to break the 21 second barrier for 3 years straight in high school, yet having a large barrier (likely a mental barrier) impeded me from breaking the 21 …