Electrical Stimulation's Impact on Sprinting in Swimmers

Electrical Stimulation’s Impact on Sprinting in Swimmers

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Background on Electrical Stimulation Swimming is a unique sport where resistance training effectiveness is uncertain secondary to the lack of land for force production. Also, swimming is a highly neural sport, requiring high amounts of “feel” and resistance training may disrupt this sensation and impair biomechanics. A few studies have correlated improvements in upper extremity resistance training and sprint improvements. …

Is HIT (High Intensity Training) useful for swimmers? Part 2

Is HIT (High Intensity Training) useful for swimmers? Part 2

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The physiology behind High-Intensity Training (HIT) The scientific evidence in support of high-intensity training has increased the number and quality of studies, especially those involving high-level athletes. It’s already known that a large number of swimmers, all over the world, are applying the basic principles of this scientific methodology using a large number of different strategies (including ultra-short race-pace training (USRPT) and …

Friday Interview: High Intensity Training for Swimmers With Dr. Christopher Zinner

Friday Interview: High Intensity Training for Swimmers With Dr. Christopher Zinner

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1. Please introduce yourself to the readers (how you started in the profession, education, credentials, experience, etc.). My name is Christoph Zinner and I studied sports science at the German Sports University Cologne (2009). Here I did my Ph.D. in exercise science in 2013. In 2014 I worked at the Swedish Winter Sports Research Center as a post-doc. In 2015 I will …

4 Things for the Perfect Dynamic Swimming Warm-up

4 Things for the Perfect Dynamic Swimming Warm-up

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Power is the amount of energy consumed per unit time. Skilled swimmers generate high amounts of power during the start, turn, and catch phase of most strokes. Research suggests dynamic stretching before an activity increases acute power. The mechanism behind this improvement is not well unknown, but may simply be by warming-up the body. Luckily, dynamic stretching appears to improve …

Is there a 'Perfect' Swimming Warm-up?

Is there a ‘Perfect’ Swimming Warm-up?

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Warm-up and warm-down are confusing subjects in the realm of swimming. Different teams use different strategies with different success. But, what are the best means to warm-up? Is there a ‘perfect swimming warm-up’? What do you do if you don’t have a warm-up or warm-down pool available? Is warm-up/down even important? Do age group swimmers even need warm-down? These questions …

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 …

Swimming Warm-up and Swimming Performance

Swimming Warm-up and Swimming Performance

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Take Home Points on Swimming Warm-up and Swimming Performance If performing a warm-up, in-water warm-up appears most effective Warm-up is commonly performed by every swimmer. The role of swarm-up in sprint swimming was discussed recently in best Warm-up for Sprint Swimming Performance. It is believed a warm-up increases muscle temperature, stimulates muscles for performance, decreases the time to achieve peak tension and relaxation, and reduces …

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 …

Does Kettlebell Training Increase Explosiveness In Swimming?

Does Kettlebell Training Increase Explosiveness In Swimming?

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Background Kettlebell Training  Kettlebells are an emerging fitness product, being used in gyms around the country and world. Despite the common use, minimal research has been done on these products, especially in comparison to other fitness devices. The kettlebell (KB) swing is believed to improve the hip hinge by stressing the gluteals and hamstrings muscles. This study looked to establish …

Is Resistance Training In Swimming Effective?

Is Resistance Training In Swimming Effective?

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Background On Resistance Training Resistance training in swimming has been a complicated and controversial topic for years. Some believed swimmers should not perform resistance training as swimmers want longer, lankier muscles. However, over the past few decades, resistance training has become more commonplace, with high anecdotal evidence to support its usefulness, especially in short course swimming. There are more forms …