Archive for July 2018

Swimmer Shoulder

Shoulder impingement syndrome, better known around the pool as swimmer’s shoulder, occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles become irritated and inflamed as they pass through the subacromial space, the passage beneath the acromion. This can result in pain, weakness and loss of movement at the shoulder. While I cannot use the words always and never when…

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Swimming in the Heat

As we move into the hottest months of the year I want to provide a reminder and a few hints to all who swim outside.  Let’s address the life-threatening side first.  There is a reason why the USA Swimming Association has rules about water temperatures for races. USA Swimming rules dictate that water temperature cannot…

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Compressing the Middle

I would like to take a look today at aging. The gap between a ten-year old and a twenty-year old is significant. One is a small child that is not yet ready to be left alone, the other a young adult entrusted to vote, drive and often live part-or full- time on their own. The…

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Butterfly, getting the right rhythm

Are you able to do a legal fly but it not smooth or easy? Here are some hints on how to fix your butterfly timing: Two kicks, but only one dolphin. The most common error is trying to do two dolphin kicks. There should be one dolphin and one smaller kick. The dolphin needs to…

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Breaststroke variation: Finding your Best

There are more successful variations in breaststroke then in every other stroke combined. This makes for a challenge when coaching swimmers. There is no one single set of mechanics to target. When I work with a swimmer on their breaststroke I follow some guide lines to help them find their best possible stroke. The Arms…

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