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It seems like it was only yesterday, but the Olympic Games were held six months ago. There are several amazing stories and achievements to be recalled. Arguably one of the biggest headlines of the Olympic Games was in the 50-m free Olympic Swimming race when Anthony Ervin from USA grabbed a shocking Gold Medal. At…

As a take home message: Some of the hot topics for age group swimmers are covered in this piece It is shared what Science tell us on those topics and what we have yet to learn For further reading,  selected papers and interviews with leading researchers are also provided Rio 2016 has come to an…

Below is an interesting interview with  Thiago Nunes Ferreira, MS from the Universidade Federal de São Paulo. The below interview focuses on Thiago’s research on Ischemic Preconditioning and swimming. We’ve discussed Ischemic Preconditioning for swimming for years (since 2010) and have gotten some backlash on the safety and set-up. Nonetheless, Thiago is doing great research trying…

Take home points 1) Races and time trials are valid measurements of fitness, comparable to physiological testing protocols 2) A combination of different swim tests is desirable as swimmers have different strengths and weaknesses 3) Testing conditions should always be repeatable to ensure reliability Many swim tests are commonly used to assess fitness, whether to…

Gian Mario Migliaccio, PhD (Sport Science Lab, UK) – Marco Del Bianco (Pavia University, Italy) Meeting expectations, but improving on past performances When starting the process of periodization for the year ahead, one of the most important considerations for your swimming team will be setting new goals. Knowing precisely what you want to achieve in…

Early last month, Swimming Science hosted our monthly Twitter Chat (#SwimSciChat). While there were a variety of excellent questions related to our topic of swimmer sryland training for age group swimmers, some were asked with more frequency, or I simply thought I should elaborate more on some questions here, where I’m not confined to 140…

Take Home Points on Warm-up and Swimming Performance  If performing a warm-up, in-water warm-up appears most effective. Warm-up is commonly performed by every swimmer. The role of swarm-up in sprint swimming was discussed recently in best Warm-up for Sprint Swimming Performance. It is believed a warm-up increases muscle temperature, stimulates muscles for performance, decreases the time to achieve peak…

Oxygen is essential for recovery and breathing more frequently is believed to improve endurance capacity. In swimming, repeated exercise bouts are typical performed in meets and practice requiring a lot of oxygen for recovery. Hyperoxia (respiration of air containing a higher partial pressure of oxygen than regular air) enhances the level of arterial hemoglobin saturation…

Take Home Message: 1. The aim was to track the changes in the energetic profile of Katie Ledecky performance between Barcelona 2013 and Kazan 2015 2. In two years, the aerobic pathways improved by almost 1.5% (aerobic capacity 1.30% and aerobic power 1.64%). 3. The anaerobic pathways improved much more (anaerobic distance capacity 3.42% and…

This episode of the Swimming Science Podcast features Dr. Greg Wells. As a scientist, broadcaster, author, coach and athlete, Dr. Greg Wells has dedicated his career to understanding human performance and how the human body responds to extreme conditions. Dr. Wells is an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Toronto where he studies elite…

   
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