USA Swimming Issues Guidelines for Concussion Management
USA Swimming has developed a Consensus Statement on Concussion Management with guidelines around the identification and management of concussions at the club and LSC level, as well as during competitions.
Dryland: The Benefits of Yoga for Swimmers
In March I wrote an article about incorporating certain types of dryland training to improve fitness and athleticism. After that article was posted, I received a lot of feedback and questions from both athletes and coaches. The most common of these questions was, “What about yoga?”
Following Routine: Should I Do a Wake-Up Swim?
With the summer championship meets just around the corner, a lot of athletes and coaches are working to finalize the details of their race-day plans. While there is something to be said about the calm and confidence that can be gained through following a routine, the ability to be flexible and adapt to situations is something that gives elite athletes an edge.
VO2 Max Training
The usefulness of VO2 Max training has been a topic for a few years in the endurance sports world. At the elite athlete level, it is nearly impossible to train an improvement in VO2 Max, and it takes about 10 minutes of training for an athlete to achieve VO2 Max. VO2 Max is also extremely difficult to test in the swimming population.
Six-Beat Kicking a Distance Race
It’s pretty clear that the trend in distance races is to six-beat kick the whole race. The evidence is strong. The current trend of six-beat kicking can translate down to a good 400 and 200. In other words, SPEED, which is absolutely essential to a competitive 800 and 1500 now.
1500 Freestyle: How the Best Swims It
The London Olympics saw eight different world records broken, including the men’s 1500m freestyle, in which Sun Yang dropped his own world record by more than three seconds. Only three men have swum a sub-14:40 race in a textile suit, and Sun Yang has done it three times. So how does he do it and what does is mean?
Accomplishing Long Term Goals
Why do some individuals accomplish more than others? Dr. Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania Psychology Department and colleagues identified a personality trait found among high achievers across several different domains. The term given to the personality trait – grit.
Equipment: Underwater camera recommendation
Underwater video is such a valuable tool to understanding what is really going on with a swimmer’s technique. There are many good options available, and this is just the workflow that National Team High Performance Staff uses for its convenience and effectiveness.
Dolphin Kick: Training Tips for Improvement
We are frequently asked for dolphin kick training tips and ideas to improve under waters. We have found that the keys to a strong dolphin kick are core and leg strength, ankle flexibility, and executing quick, snappy kicks that finish all the way through the toes. Based on these keys, we recommend using both vertical kicking and a monofin to improve dolphin kicking.
Nutrition: Recovery Nutrition during Hard Training
Christmas training has been a tradition for club teams and colleges across America ever since there has been a break between December 26th and January 2nd. Whether your team is travelling or staying home, athletes will be challenged to eat enough calories to stay fueled for longer training sessions and additional practices.
Freestyle: Women’s 50 free Tempo & Cycle Count
When comparing the 10 fastest Women’s 50 free that we had in our video library from 2010 and 2011, the times ranged from 24.14 to 24.65. The average tempo ranged from .93 – 1.05 with the cycle count being between 19 and 23.5.