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What does the index of coordination (IdC) have to do with swimming faster?

The IdC is a measure of arm coordination in freestyle. Specifically, the IdC indicates if the arm coordination is less effective by producing gaps in propulsion or if the arm coordination is more effective by producing a more consistent source of propulsion.

By | September 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

5 Things Your Mother Told You About Swimming Technique

We’ve all grown up with an expression or two seared on our brains. You know what I’m talking about! Expressions like “Haste makes waste,” or “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” There are a few of those sayings that make sense today when thinking about them in terms of swimming technique. (OK –probably not exactly what your mom [...]

By | July 19th, 2019|0 Comments

Is Your Pre-Race Nutritional Plan Based on Bad Data?

A recent article* by best-selling author, Caroline Criado-Perez, describes a serious gender gap in sport science data: research is based almost exclusively on men. The article included a short list of things that we do not know regarding sex differences between men and women and their different physiologic responses to exercise. One piece of this grabbed our attention:  “The general [...]

By | July 3rd, 2019|0 Comments

Can Less Mean More?

Triathletes can maximize their time training in the water by focusing on technique.

By | June 21st, 2019|0 Comments

How to Stop Shoulder Pain Before Injury

In butterfly and freestyle, the arm entry can be especially stressful. Because of this, adjusting technique elements in the arm entry can make a huge difference not only in a swimmer’s shoulder pain but also in a swimmer’s times.

By | May 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Is Your Shoulder Pain Caused by Injury or Conditioning?

Swimming through injury pain can delay recovery and in many cases may cause more damage. Swimming through conditioning pain, on the other hand, is part of training. Because of these differences, it is critical to identify the cause of shoulder pain. Characteristics of pain caused by injury are: Localized pain that can be pinpointed at the front of the shoulder [...]

By | April 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Olympians Are Not Flying Pigs!

When scientific information doesn’t seem useful to coaches or swimmers, they may turn instead to information that is readily accessible, explained in familiar terminology, and which has demonstrated applicability. That information can encourage them to model the fastest swimmers and the most successful teams. For example, the “noticeable” (i.e. obvious) mechanics of an Olympic champion are often modeled. The weakness [...]

By | March 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Streamline Cues with MONA

Streamline cue infographic

By | March 5th, 2019|0 Comments

4 Technique Tips That Will Benefit Almost EVERY Swimmer

Every swimmer has different strengths and limitations. However, research has shown that almost all swimmers can make improvements on these 4 technique elements to swim faster. 1. Butterfly - Limit head submersion on arm entry. Cue: Feel the water level at the top of the head when the hands enter the water. 2. Backstroke – Increase hand [...]

By | January 25th, 2019|1 Comment