Swimming Kick Start Versus Grab Start: Which is Faster?

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When the back plate was approved by FINA in 2009 many studies were performed to determine the benefits of using the back plate for a “kick start” (KS) versus a standard track start (TS). The majority of these studies concluded that the KS was superior in take off velocity, block time, flight time and time to 5 m – 15 m. Fewer …

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 …

What You Need to Know About Ischemic Preconditioning for Swimmers

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Ischemic preconditioning for swimmers has shown the potential to improve sprint swimming performance. But many questions remain unanswered. Are these techniques safe? How much will they improve sprint swimming? When and how should they be used? We had the pleasure of learning the answers to these questions and so much more from a leading researcher in this area, Felipe Lisbôa. …

Aerobic Versus Anaerobic Warm-Up for Sprint Performance

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Background Could it be possible that an aerobic based warm-up might be just as beneficial as an anaerobic based warm-up for sprint performance? While there is little evidence to support the inclusion of high-intensity, race-pace, warm-up before a 100-m swim, most coaches and swimmers feel that it is necessary. Aerobic and anaerobic systems each contribute approximately 50% to the overall …

Improving the Butterfly Performance of Masters Swimmers

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The participation in the older groups of masters swimmers is only growing. What is more impressive is that older masters swimmers are swimming faster now than they ever have before. Along with all other strokes, the butterfly performance of masters swimmers continues to improve. Why have we seen a dramatic increase in the number of masters swimmers? What is contributing to …

How to Measure Swimming Force to Predict Sprint Swimming Performance

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What is the best way to predict sprint swimming performance? Many coaches rely on test sets, pace work, past performances, and mid-season taper meets. But is there another way? This study provides us with an alternative way to measure force and anaerobic capacity to predict sprint swimming performance.  This proposed method is low-cost, easy to perform and can be done …

Drag in Swimming: The Good and The Bad

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The Background Information: Drag in Swimming Have you ever wondered if there were small changes you could make in your stroke to improve performance? Or how finger, thumb or elbow position help change propulsion and drag in swimming? If you have, then a recent research article titled, “Effective Propulsion in Swimming: Grasping the Hydrodynamics of Hand and Arm Movements,” will …

Optimal Training for Masters Swimmers

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When training masters swimmers, is high volume, low intensity or low volume, high intensity superior? Or does a combination of both prove superior? We had the pleasure of discussing the answers to these questions and so much more with Mr. Lorenzo Pugliese, a researcher whose work focuses on exercise physiology, biomechanics and performance enhancement. His recent article sought to determine if increasing …