Swimming Science was created in 2010 with the goal of educating and improving the transparency of swimming science.  The goal is to provide thought provoking, informative and creative discussion on a variety of topics to help educate coaches and those passionate about swimming. Contact the Swimsci team today!


G. John Mullen received his Doctorate in Physical at University of Southern California (USC) and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). At USC, he was a clinical research assistant performing research on adolescent diabetes, lung adaptations to swimming, and swimming biomechanics. G. John has been featured in Swimming World Magazine, Swimmer Magazine, and the International Society of Swim Coaches Journal. He is currently the owner of COR, providing Physical Therapy, Personal Training, and Swim Lessons to swimmers and athletes of all skills and ages. He is also the creator of the Swimmer's Shoulder System, Swimming Science, Swimming Science Research Review, and the Swimming Troubleshooting System.

Allan Phillips is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist based in Tucson, Arizona and co-owner of Pike Athletics with his wife Katherine. He is also an American Swimming Coaches Association Level 2 coach, USA Triathlon coach, Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) instructor, and Functional Movement Screen specialist.  His writing has been featured by Sports Rehab Expert, StrengthCoach.com, and Functional Movement Systems.  In June 2012, Dr. Mullen selected Allan as an editor for the Swimming Science Research Review.  A former college golfer at Emory University, Allan will attend physical therapy school in 2013.

Cameron Yick is a student athlete from Connecticut, with particular interest in the psychology side of human performance. He founded and continues to moderate Dr. Brent Rushall's USRPT Training Panel. In addition to studying electrical engineering, he is currently working on developing swimming tech tools, which can be found at www.ottrloggr.com.


Herbert Behm is a long time swimmer and coach, currently Assistant Coaching the Senior and Age Group programs at Phoenix Swim Club in Phoenix, Arizona. He is completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communications at Arizona State University where he is a school record holder in the 400 Medley Relay. 

Tiago Barbosa graduated at the University of Porto (Portugal) in 1997. He earned at that same university both his MSc and PhD degrees in 2000 and 2005, respectively. Tiago started his career as a Physical Education teacher, swimming instructor, coach and eventually he shifts to academia. Nowadays he holds a position at the Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) as faculty and at the Portuguese Swimming Federation as scientific advisor and analyst. 

Josh Pintar is a graduate of the Physical Therapy Program at The Ohio State University with a specialization in research. Prior and during physical therapy school Josh worked as a strength, conditioning, and swim coach for St. Charles Preparatory School, the Greater Columbus Swim Club, and the Jerry L. Garver YMCA Swim Club.

Josh’s clinical interests include working with the OSU Sports Medicine Endurance Team. As a member of this group he helped develop a comprehensive endurance evaluation for competitive swimmers and performs stroke analysis, running gait analysis, and bicycle fittings for athletes of all levels. In addition to clinical work, Josh continues to train swimmers as an assistant coach and team physical therapist at St. Charles and The Ohio State Swim Club.

Most recently, Josh has joined the Swimming Science Research Review community, performing article reviews for Swimming Science.

Chris Plumb was named Head Coach of Carmel Swim Club in July 2006. As Head Coach, Chris oversees all aspects of the club, and he coaches the Senior Group. Chris is also the Head Coach at Carmel High School. This year’s Carmel high School Girl’s Swim Team won their first overall National High School Championship. He directed the 2011 Carmel Boys and Girls Swim Teams to IHSAA State Championship Titles (notably, Chris has been at the helm for the last five of the Lady Hound’s 25 consecutive titles and two of the Boys 13 titles). He was inducted into this year’s class of honorees in the Indiana Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame. Beyond the high school realm, 2011 was a great year for CSC athletes. Under Chris’s leadership, Harrison Wagner was the 18 and Under National Champion in the 50 Meter Freestyle, and Lacey Locke was the Junior National Runner-Up in the 100 Meter Backstroke.

Alan Goldberg is a sports psychology consultant, Dr. Alan Goldberg works with swimmers at every level from Olympians right down to age groupers. A popular presenter at the Olympic Training Center, swim coaches clinics and clubs around the country, Dr. G specializes in helping individual swimmers get unstuck and swimming fast when it counts the most. He is the author of Smoke on the Water, a mental toughness guide for swimmers, DMTS (Developing Mentally Tough Swimmers) a coach's guide for developing mental toughness, Swimming Out of Your Mind, a 6-CD sports psychology/mental toughness training program, The Racer's Edge, a 2 CD mental toughness meet companion, and Swimming Fast When It Counts The Most, a mental toughness workbook for swimmers. In addition, Dr. G is a regular contributor to Swimming World Magazine. Buy Alan's products here.
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