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 …

MRIs Don't Have All the Answers for Swimming Shoulder Pain

MRIs Don’t Have All the Answers for Swimming Shoulder Pain

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Many have come to expect MRI’s as the gold standard of care, especially in Western medicine when a swimmer has swimming shoulder pain. I recently spent a day shadowing a physical therapist well versed on the shoulder through his previous job as an athletic trainer in pro baseball. One new patient was a high school softball catcher with recent shoulder pain. Her mother …

eating disorders in swimmers

Eating Disorders in Swimmers

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Take home points on Eating Disorder in SwimmersDisordered eating is a common problem in swimming and other aquatic sportsThe issue is complex going beyond nutritionAwareness by coaches is key to providing the right guidance to athletes and directing them to appropriate professionalsIt’s no secret that food is tightly woven into the swimming culture. From pre-meet carbo load sessions to post-practice …

open water swimming performance trends

Open Water Swimming Performance Trends

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TAKE HOME POINTS ON OPEN WATER SWIMMING PERFORMANCE TRENDSOpen water performance peaks in the mid to early 20s for both men and women.Overall performances have generally slowed.Slowing overall times may reflect the importance of tactical surging throughout the race.Open water swimming has been around for many years, but has grown in stature with its inclusion in the Olympic schedule. With Olympic …

The Mental Side of Recovering from a Swimming Injury

The Mental Side of Recovering from a Swimming Injury

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A swimming injury is an inevitable part of competitive swimming no matter how robust our prevention and rehabilitation programs. We often discuss the mechanics of swimming injury prevention and rehabilitation, but the psychological is also important.  Though many coaches prefer to wear the tough, authoritarian hat on deck, the softer side of dealing with injured athletes is an important skillset …

freestyle head position

Tips for Improved Freestyle Head Position in Swimming

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Take home points1) Raised freestyle head position is one of the most common stroke flaws in freestyle2) Corrective strategies must be individualized to each swimmer3) Avenues for change include biomechanical, cognitive, and environmentalRaised freestyle head position in freestyle is one of the most common stroke flaws in the pool at all levels of the sport. In the literature this has …