3 Swimming Race Strategies to Improve Performance

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“SWIM YOUR WAY AND WIN HOWEVER YOU CAN” Some swimmers adopt this approach on their own when you stop paying attention: they prefer to go easy during the race, wait patiently for the right moment and shoot forward on the home straight. These athletes are very sure of themselves, cautious thinkers, audacious and driven. They don’t push too early, compete …

Using Rhythm (Music) to Improve Recovery

Using Rhythm (Music) to Improve Recovery

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Music is utilized in many sports for motivation. In swimming, underwater music players have increased in commonality and popularity. Studies have found positive correlations between music and improvements on sub-maximal aerobic performance. However, conflicting results exist in music and supra-maximal exercise. Even if beneficial, listening to music is not allowed in competition. However, using music during recovery is allowed and …

10 Reasons Swimmers Should Smile When the Going Gets Tough

10 Reasons Swimmers Should Smile When the Going Gets Tough

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In younger age groups, we often encounter angry swimmers who are disappointed with their performance. They are increasingly more demanding with themselves and their environment, enraged and unsatisfied after a good race if their result was not rewarded with a medal, subject to disproportionate pressure and incapable of understanding how the sport can be so unkind or even cruel to them. …

10 Painful Swimming Thoughts

10 Painful Swimming Thoughts

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It pains me to think that, in our sport, we are sometimes impudent or critical and ignore or fail to harness the talent that surrounds us. That it is so hard for us to appreciate how the commitment and dedication of some swimmers who choose to enjoy their youth in pool lanes deserve to be recognized as they seek the …

10 Concentration Techniques for Elite Swimming Performance

10 Concentration Techniques for Elite Swimming Performance

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The difference between setting a great time in competition and achieving your objective can often be found in your own mind and how easily you can focus on the goal. Too much anxiety before a competition, overzealous expectations, fear of your rivals or simply a pair of goggles that break a few moments before the race can be more than …

6 Tips When Swimming Competition Results Fail to Reflect Swimming Training Efforts

6 Tips When Swimming Competition Results Fail to Reflect Swimming Training Efforts

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Everyone knows at least one; a swimmer who never stops training, follows their coach’s instructions to the letter and provides a fine example of consistency and commitment, but has a bad swim meet. They try so hard while training that they even manage to set unbelievable times, often unimaginably good, and leave their colleagues in a state of amazement, but …

How to Prevent Swimming Burnout

How to Prevent Swimming Burnout

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Take Home Points on How to Prevent Swimming Burnout Physiological capacities are limited after maturation. Technique is the largest contributor of success, especially after maturation. Burnout is higher in women, potentially due to earlier development and longer period of plateauing.  Improvements in swimming naturally occur during maturation, in fact, one can expect 3 – 4% improvement during these years (Sweetenham 2013). …

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 …