How to Swim the Breaststroke

How to Swim the Breaststroke

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Take Home Points on How to Swim the Breaststroke Body position should be sought between each stroke. The breaststroke breath should be low to minimally disrupt streamline. The kick should occur with the arms and head in streamline. While butterfly is commonly depicted as the hardest stroke, breaststroke is typically the most difficult to master. Even many elite swimmers do not …

Basics

Basics

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When describing joint movement, a reference position is needed. This position is termed the anatomic reference position. This position entails: an erect standing position with the feet slightly separated, the arms hanging by the side, the elbows straight, and with the palms of the hands facing forward. Planes of Movement The following planes are described relative to the median plane, …

Interview with Dr. Andreas Venhorst Regarding Pacing in Swimming

Interview with Dr. Andreas Venhorst Regarding Pacing in Swimming

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Below is an interview on pacing in swimming with Dr. Andreas Venhorst.  Andreas does research in Physiology, Sports Medicine, and Sports Psychology. The current project he is involved in is ‘The psychophysiological determinants of pacing behaviour and performance during prolonged endurance exercise.’ You may view his ResearchGate here.    1. What are the most common pacing strategies in sport? The most common …

Does Fatigue Alter Swimming Shoulder Mechanics?

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There are many factors that contribute to the high prevalence of swimming shoulder pain. High repetitions of overhead activity, muscle imbalances, range of motion deficits, poor posture, poor stroke mechanics (and many more) are all thought to play a role. A recent article published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies investigated the effect of fatigue on swimming shoulder mechanics …

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 …

How is Middle Distance Swimming Related to Oxygen Uptake Kinetics?

How is Middle Distance Swimming Related to Oxygen Uptake Kinetics?

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Background on VO2 (Oxygen Uptake) Kinetics  Middle distance swimming is a unique blend of anaerobic and aerobic exercise. This mix of moderate to high intensity requires coordination between the cardiorespiratory and muscular systems. It is believed the faster VO2 kinetics and reduced amplitude of the slow component are highly correlated with higher levels of aerobic fitness, improving fatigue tolerance. Unlike …

Undulation Technique to Improve Your Butterfly Stroke

Undulation Technique to Improve Your Butterfly Stroke

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Background On The Butterfly Stroke If you want to practice the Butterfly stroke on a competitive level, you need to work on the movement which is its basis: the undulation technique. This technique is based on the movement of your body in the water. It requires much higher energy dispersal compared to other techniques. Let us look more closely at …

Analysis of the Freestyle Recovery Stroke on the Cartesian Plan

Analysis of the Freestyle Recovery Stroke on the Cartesian Plan

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Background on the Freestyle Recovery Stroke Did you know it’s possible to adjust the distance between the elbow and the central point of the head? Simply take the elbow’s height into consideration (pic. 1 to 4). This will have an impact on the recovery of the overwater arm. In fact, the recovery of the arm over water depends on the …

Link between stroking parameters and lactate concentration in swimming

Link Between Stroking Parameters And Lactate Concentration In Swimming

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Background On Stroking Parameters and Lactate Concentration Swimming is a unique sport where volumes much larger than the actual distance competed are used as training. Often times, this over distance training is used to improve “feel” for the water. Unfortunately, after long swims, swimming biomechanics are believed to become impaired. Moreover, many practices consist of repeated efforts of intermittent efforts, …

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 …