Swimming Won't Pay Your Bills: 7 Lessons Learned by Swimmers

Swimming Won’t Pay Your Bills: 7 Lessons Learned by Swimmers

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A Swimmer’s Mindset Thirty-six years beside the pool and there are still things that haven’t changed. Perhaps it’s a matter of sports culture, of respect for a sport that is not valued as highly as it should be, of the efforts made by swimmers who unhesitatingly give the best of themselves in the water and who, in some cases, would like …

The Key to Becoming a Better Swimmer

The Key to Becoming a Better Swimmer

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 Attention All Swimmers “Most of our tension and frustration comes from our compulsive need to act as if we were someone we are not” Hans Selye (1956) There are swimmers who are afraid of looking in the mirror. They are afraid of uncertainty and of failure, or even the thought of failure. This feeling holds them like a deer in …

13 Situations that Annoy or Upset Swim Coaches

13 Situations that Annoy or Upset Swim Coaches

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If we were to examine the skills and abilities used by swim coaches when they work, you might well be surprised. Leadership and activity-specific knowledge, patience and perseverance for the successful achievement of goals, the ability to guide their swimmers towards success through an education-, psychology- and training-based approach, and inspiring passion-building strength – these are just a few examples of …

Variability And Motor Learning

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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 …