The SwimMastery Blog
There will always be DNF’s for any significant endurance event and we should remember that they represent an extremely important group for everyone taking part…for any challenge there has to be a risk of failure
One ignores a proper warm-up at your peril, particularly with advancing years. It will go a long way to prevent injuries, improve performance, reduce the level of muscle tension and increase the range of motion possible
The Tokyo Olympics saw its fair share of drama and determination, highs and heartaches many of which will live long in the memory.
The fundamental point of efficient swimming is to displace as little of the water as possible as you move through it and past it. And the position in which you are doing that at the maximum is during Streamline.
When learning a new movement pattern the average attention span is surprisingly short and it is important to stop before the processing power of the brain has been exhausted
The student must spend time away from the lessons practising by themselves. This is when the magic happens!
For larger people swimming can provide an invaluable route to maintaining (or starting) physical activity in a safe way which is not provided by other sports.
Developing a style and method that works for the human form has been a long process and it’s one that’s far from finished. New ideas are constantly being proposed, tested, adapted and adopted or discarded.
Carl Rogers, a preeminent American psychologist of the second half of the 20th century, stated, "If I can provide a certain type of relationship, the other person will discover within himself the capacity to use that relationship for growth, and change and personal...
A study in the US showed that a whopping 91% of swimmers aged between 13 and 25 reported at least one episode of shoulder pain. It’s a shocking and completely avoidable statistic. Make sure you are not studying and copying habits which may lead you to add to those figures.
Your swim coach may well get you to perform a drill and then ask you how it felt. And although that sounds like a simple question it’s one that many of us are simply not used to answering with any level of detail.
Swimming has never been particularly noted for controversy but that’s not to say that it hasn’t had its moments.