The Elite Dryland for Swimmers Guide

The Elite Dryland for Swimmers Guide

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Below is an excellent interview with leading researcher on dryland for swimmers Emmet Crowley. Emmet is at the University of Limerick in Ireland and took on a massive review of swimming research by doing a systematic review of the impact of dryland for swimmers: If looking for a program for your team, checkout Dryland for Swimmers. I believe that every …

Deception and Swimming

Deception and Swimming

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Deception and Swimming Background: Receiving feedback during training is considered essential feedback for race pace training. This is believed to train the body to repeatedly swim a certain speed. However, the central nervous system and psychological aspect of fatigue and performance are essential in training and sporting success. In fact, the contribution of the central nervous system as the main …

Force Potential of the Early Vertical Forearm

Force Potential of the Early Vertical Forearm

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Force Potential of the Early Vertical Forearm Force potential is the ideal combination of mass and acceleration in the pool. In swimming, the amount of force directly correlates with power, as power also considers time. Power is essential for success since power influences swimming speed (D’Acquisto 2003). Specifically, the arms play a significant role, as arm strength seems to directly …

Concurrent Endurance and Resistance Exercise

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Concurrent Endurance and Resistance Exercise Background: Combining aerobic and resistance training is common in swimming. This combination is termed concurrent training. Sometimes this type of training is used in dry-land, but it often occurs as swimmers swim prior to weight training. Concurrent training is believed to improve strength, but the combination of endurance and strength training causes diminished increases in …

Reaction Time in Sprinters

Reaction Time in Sprinters

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Reaction Time in Sprinters Background: Reaction time is often gloried in the sport of swimming with minimal support, as no studies have correlated a quick reaction time with starting success. However, in sprint events where champions are determined by hundredths of seconds, it is difficult to claim a quick reaction time is insignificant. Reaction time the time between a “sensory …

Over training Inhibits Muscle Growth

Overtraining Inhibits Muscle Growth

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Background Overtraining and overreaching are common in the sport of swimming. No matter if you are a high or low volume advocate, swimming requires countless hours in the pool putting one at risk for overtraining. Some coaches feel overtraining is a beneficial part of training to ‘break-down’ the athlete and make them stronger, despite the literature suggesting overtraining causes increases …

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Bill Sweetenham’s Faster Swimming Tips

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Below is an interview help with Bill Sweetenham regarding elite swimming and faster swimming tips. If you aren’t familiar with Bill, he is one of the top coaches in the sport of swimming. Below are some of his career hightlights. Career Australian swim coach Sweetenham was a swimming coach at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) from the late 1980s till 1994. …

Low Back Instability in Swimmers

Low Back Instability in Swimmers

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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

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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 …