Variability And Motor Learning

Dr. GJohn Mullen Biomechanics, Blog, Competition, Dr. John Mullen, Dryland, Latest&Greatest, Psychology, Training Leave a Comment

Many instructors, coaches, and therapists are interested in the question – “does introducing movement variability during practice facilitate learning?” Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not likely yes or no. It is important to move away from the notion of considering variability as a static term because it is possible to introduce variability during practice in multiple ways, which …

Influence of Competitive-Anxiety on Heart Rate Variability in Swimmers

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Abstract The aim of this study was to analyze the relationship between competitive anxiety and heart rate variability (HRV) in swimming athletes. A total of 66 volunteers (41 male and 27 female) who swam the 400-m freestyle in the Brazilian Swimming Championships participated. Thirty minutes before the 400-m freestyle event, the athletes answered the Competitive Anxiety Inventory (CSAI-2R) questionnaire, then …

The time dependence of the effect of ischemic preconditioning on successive sprint swimming performance

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Abstract Objectives: The present study aimed to determine the effects of ischemic preconditioning on performance in three successive 50-m swimming trials and to measure stroke rate, stroke length and blood lactate accumulation. Design: Counterbalanced, repeated-measures cross-over study. Methods: On two separate days, eleven competitive male swimmers (20 ± 3 years, 182 ± 5 cm, 77 ± 5 kg) performed three successive 50-m trials …

5 Tips For the Perfect Swimming Practice

5 Tips For the Perfect Swimming Practice

Dr. GJohn Mullen Agustín Artiles, Blog, Competition, Dryland, Latest&Greatest, Psychology, Training 1 Comment

What happens after the training session begins will require your utmost attention. You might have argued with your parents because you spend too much time playing video games, perhaps you are restless because you got angry with your best friend over something silly and want to make up or maybe you are just nervous because the day of an important …

Morning Exercise: Enhancement of Afternoon Sprint-Swimming Performance.

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Abstract Erin has dedicated much of her life to the sport of swimming. In addition to competing in the sport for 15 years, she has coached at various elite swim camps and clinics growing her expertise in stroke technique and video critique. She has also served as a volunteer staff member for Division I, II and III swim programs aiding …

10 Strategies to Help Improve Swimming Times

10 Strategies to Help Improve Swimming Times

Dr. GJohn Mullen Agustín Artiles, Blog, Competition, Dryland, Latest&Greatest, Psychology, Training 2 Comments

You just can’t find a logical explanation for your poor performance and this new situation is getting to you. You were setting new personal records on your swimming times only a couple of seasons ago, whereas you can’t even get close to those old times nowadays. It does not necessarily mean the training provided is incorrect. There could be countless …

Heart-Rate Recovery After Warm-up in Swimming: A Useful Predictor of Training Heart-Rate Response?

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Abstract For training to be optimal, daily training load has to be adapted to the momentary status of the individual athlete, which is often difficult to establish. Therefore, the current study investigated the predictive value of heart-rate recovery (HRR) during a standardized warm-up for training load. Training load was quantified by the variation in heart rate during standardized training in …

A Swimmers State Of Mind: Do you have the Right Swimming Mental Attitude?

Dr. GJohn Mullen Blog, Competition, Dr. John Mullen, Dryland, Latest&Greatest, Psychology, Training 1 Comment

The greatest factor affecting whether or not you set a great time and achieve your goals in a competition or during swimming training can sometimes be found in your own mind. The secret is how easily you can focus on the objective. Excessive nervousness, overzealous expectations, and fear of your rivals could be more than enough reasons to lose concentration. …