Head Position in Backstroke

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The fundamentals of backstroke are the same as for freestyle. Although the biomechanics change some when one rotates from the freestyle to the backstroke position, all of the basic laws and forces governing technique remain the same. In other words, we want to reduce frontal drag as much as possible, increase propulsive power as much… Read more »

The Swim Down-Your Best Friend

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TECHNICAL THE SWIM DOWN – YOUR BEST FRIEND FEBRUARY 13, 2001 The Swim Down – that last few minutes of the session when the hard work is over, when you can finally relax and start to think about what you are doing after the session. But do you make the most of your swim down?… Read more »

Fingers Apart For Bigger Hands

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TECHNICAL FINGERS APART FOR BIGGER HANDS MAY 23, 2011 Fran Halsall Tae Hwan Park It’s often one of the first things children are taught when learning to swim: keep your fingers together and make your hand like a paddle. When the alternative in a beginner is fingers splayed wide apart this can be a sensible… Read more »

You Practice Underwater Kick Off Every Wall!!

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It’s always amazing to me, as a coach, that even when we all know something is good, certain people refuse to practice it daily. If there’s a question about whether underwater dolphin kicks off the wall are effective, please take a look at NCAAs…and take your pick of DI, DII, or DIII.  While the distance… Read more »

Using your Head in Breast and Butterfly

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For Fly and Breast: Use Your Head Swimming Streamline At The Race Club we have always preached to our campers to try to swim smarter. Not that there is any way to swim fast easily, but one can also improve time tremendously by focusing on the minute details of technique, by thinking about the right… Read more »

Thought for the Day!!

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Be a little better today than you were yesterday. If you do that enough days, you’ve traveled a great distance,”

Creating a Winning Swimming Club Culture

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Every swimming team has a unique culture. Some teams have a culture of fun, enjoyment, family and friends. Some teams have a culture of hard work, discipline, dedication and training. Some teams are based at schools, colleges and universities and their culture is areflection of the culture of the institution. The culture of some teams comes from their… Read more »

Swimming and Fitness

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Swimming and Fitness Swimming is a pastime enjoyed by many, for some the aim of the game is relaxation, for other’s it’s their preferred method for keeping physically fit. Swimming is one of those exercises that is truly a “total body” exercise. No major muscle groups are left un-worked, you even utilise the muscles in… Read more »