Low Back Instability in Swimmers

Low Back Instability in Swimmers

admin Biomechanics, Blog, Dr. John Mullen, Dryland, Injuries, Latest&Greatest 1 Comment

Low Back Instability in Swimmers and What to do about it! Excessive low back movement is directly correlated with low back pain. Excessive shoulder range of motion directly correlates with shoulder pain. Excessive ankle mobility directly correlates with ankle pain. Following the trend? Therefore, learning how to control these joints and providing adequate stability at each segment is essential. How does a …

Pre Body Cooling

Dr. GJohn Mullen Dr. John Mullen, Members Leave a Comment

As I work on an extended article on fatigue for Swimming World, I’m encountering unique fatigue prevention methods. The most commonly discussed in the literature is the idea of body cooling. My current research with fatigue started a few weeks back, but solidified after reading Noakes’ piece on Fatigue is a Brain-Derived Emotion, sent to me by a colleague. In this …

Hyperoxic Recovery in Elite Swimmers

Dr. GJohn Mullen Blog, Dr. John Mullen, Latest&Greatest, Nutrition/Supplements, Training Leave a Comment

Hyperoxic Recovery in Elite Swimmers Oxygen is essential for recovery and breathing more frequently is believed to improve endurance capacity. In swimming, repeated exercise bouts are typically performed in meets and practice requiring a lot of oxygen for recovery. Hyperoxia (respiration of air containing a higher partial pressure of oxygen than regular air) enhances the level of arterial hemoglobin saturation …

Coaching Yourself After Losing A Race

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

You look up, see your time on the clock and even before the disappointment grabs hold of you, that little voice in your head starts revving up. At first, it’s just mostly shocking related, “Are you kidding me?!!!” “I thought for sure that I had gone so much faster!” However, once the reality of yet another slow swim sets in, …

Swimming Kick Board Bobbers

Dr. GJohn Mullen Dr. John Mullen, Latest&Greatest, Training 5 Comments

Bobbing up and down on a kickboard while pushing through a 1,000-yard kick set is common on most swim teams. Unfortunately, the kickboard provides a base of stability for the arms and core which is not present during swimming. Moreover, a board allows an athlete to use a pivot to propel themselves forward via the spiral line described by Thomas …

common_dryland_mistake_stretching

Common Dryland Mistake: Stretching

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

We’ve discussed low back instability in swimmers before, but the flaws and ecclesiastic teachings surrounding stretching and mobility are immense. First of all, let’s break down some terminology. Stretching is a mode to improve mobility. Mobility and flexibility are closer in terminology but slightly different. By definition: Flexibility is the property of being flexible; easily bent or shaped. Mobility is …

Tips to Improve Swimming Shoulder Inflammation

Dr. GJohn Mullen Blog, Dr. John Mullen, Injuries, Latest&Greatest Leave a Comment

Inflammation is the first stage of any musculoskeletal injury. This process involves infiltration of many inflammatory signaling cells (cytokines). If irritation continues, then inflammation will not subside. Therefore, it is essential to improve inflammation as soon as possible. Once inflammation resolves, assessing muscle length, strength, and timing is essential. In some cases, inflammation surrounds the joint, in other cases, the …

3 Tips for Elite Swimming Turns

3 Tips for Elite Swimming Turns

admin Biomechanics, Blog, Dr. John Mullen, Latest&Greatest, Training Leave a Comment

A swim race is broken down into a start, turn, and free swimming phases. Although shorter, the start and turn are vital aspects of the race, especially races of shorter distances. Practicing the start and turn can improve ~0.1 seconds per phase, a large sum in longer races. The easiest method for measuring start and turn performance is to measure speed and …