10 Mandatory Tips for Minimizing Breaststroke Knee Pain

10 Mandatory Tips for Minimizing Breaststroke Knee Pain

Dr. GJohn Mullen Allan Phillips, Blog, Injuries Leave a Comment

Background on Knee Pain in Swimming Knee pain for during breaststroke is one of the most common occupational hazards in the sport, both for breaststroke specialists and non-specialists, with 3 out of every 4 swimmers reporting breaststroke knee pain. The volume demands tax all swimmers, as even the non-breaststroke specialists will take thousands of breaststroke kick cycles per year. The …

Hypermobility and Swimming

Hypermobility and Swimming

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Take Home Points on Hypermobility and Swimming Clinical hypermobility is different than “being very flexible” Extreme flexibility and movement instability often coexist. Never allow self-proclaimed hypermobility to serve as an excuse for poor body control. Hypermobility is a term often thrown around the pool deck and other training venues. Many will self-proclaim themselves as hypermobile, either to show off circus tricks …

Ankle Swimming Flexibility

Ankle Swimming Flexibility

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Background on Ankle Swimming Flexibility Improving ankle mobility in freestyle, backstroke, and the 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 …

Swimmer’s Ankle Mobility Touch Your Toes to the Ground in 90 Days

Swimmer’s Ankle Mobility: Touch Your Toes to the Ground in 90 Days

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Ankle mobility and flexibility is one of the holy grails of swimming body contortions. For some, it comes easy, while for others, it is more work. Fortunately, we’re here to offer a systematic approach as most tend to address it in a scattershot manner. To start, we’ll steal from other disciplines such as dance, whose culture is seen to be …

Building The Perfect Swim Streamline Plus 7 Must Do Things

Building The Perfect Swim Streamline Plus 7 Must Do Things!

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The swim streamline is a simple, yet often overlooked part of swimming at all levels. With the youngest swimmers, a good streamline is a foundation for teaching more advanced skills in body position and proprioception in the water. As the swimmer advances, the streamline becomes a critical fundamental factor competitively. Many swimmers and coaches skip the first and most important …

The Ultimate Guide to Hypoxic Swimming

The Ultimate Guide to Hypoxic Swimming

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Take home points The urge to breathe when subsurface is often driven by hypercapnia (buildup of CO2) along with hypoxia (insufficient O2) Breath control strategies are not equivalent Any benefits should be weighed against safety and potential decrease in swimming velocity. Breath control sets are a longtime staple in many swimming programs, with many swimmers fostering a love-hate (or just …

USRPT Science and Standards of Evidence

USRPT Science and Standards of Evidence

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Take home points on USRPT Science and Standards of Evidence: Modern evidence is evaluated based on the evidence hierarchy. USRPT has been informally backed by volumes of research, but as never itself been tested in formal research. There’s nothing wrong with backing by lower levels of evidence, so long as claims align with the actual level of support. Perhaps nothing …

5 Factors Influencing Masters Swimming Performance

5 Factors Influencing Masters Swimming Performance

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Take Home Points on Determinants of Masters Swimming Performance The optimal time to maximize competitive performance in masters swimming is in the first year within a new age group. Masters swimming champions in 50m freestyle exhibit a smaller age decrement than those at the bottom of top ten lists. Grip strength is one modifiable physical trait that predicts performance among masters …

Does Shaving Improve Swimming Performance

Does Shaving Improve Swimming Performance?

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There is no ritual in a competitive sport like the pre-meet shave. But the main question for many swimmers: does shaving improve swimming performance? [what predicts youth swimming performance?] For teams, shaving becomes a group bonding experience. Even with space-aged suits [specifically in 2009, but still today] revolutionizing the sport, shaving exposed body hair remained a time-honored practice. Though few …

Is Chocolate Milk an Adequate Recovery Aid for Swimmers

Is Chocolate Milk an Adequate Recovery Aid for Swimmers?

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In recent years chocolate milk has emerged as a popular recovery beverage for athletes.  A while back, USA Swimming partnered with milk in a marketing campaign with many elites making a pitch to the swimming community.  Popular science publications have also made the public aware of milk’s benefits, or at least its comparability (and perhaps superiority) to expensively engineered supplements …