Over the past few months I have been able to get to competitions and observe a variety of athletes from age group through to senior experienced swimmers.
Over recent weeks I have been coaching some young children with varying levels of ability, fitness, skill accomplishment and experience and it’s prompted me to write on this topic.
Fins are a very useful piece of equipment for both the developing and the accomplished swimmer.
The technique for freestyle kick and backstroke kick is based on very similar mechanical principals for each of these strokes.
Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the backstroke to breaststroke turn in the individual medley. How do you do your backstroke to breaststroke turn as a swimmer? Is it the most effective and efficient way? Do you know what to look for as a coach or as an official? How do you ensure that you are doing the fastest turn possible. [Read more…]
I am in the very fortunate position of visiting many coaching programs around Australia. These range from major high, performance programs to small country and metropolitan programs. During my visits, I like to take the opportunity to observe the various levels of teaching and coaching being conducted which support the development pathway for swimmers to the highest performing squad. It has become very obvious to me that there are many interpretations on how the breaststroke pull is performed and as a consequence how it is taught. [Read more…]
Sarah is interested in record keeping of training session performance and racing performances. She would like to know which tools and how much detail we would recommend.
Jerome coaches and teaches swimming to children of various age groups and asks the following questions about breaststroke.
“What I find is that there is an inconsistency in the style of breaststroke taught. Although I feel confident in the type of stroke that I want, I feel that some coaches are more focused on teaching a legal breaststroke rather then a legal and fast breaststroke. I often do stroke correction where there is a problem with the arms or the legs. Often the swimmer thinks that they are doing what you’ve asked when they are in fact not. I find it is a case of getting the mind to recognise which muscle group to work and when. Is there an easier method to correcting screw kicks. Secondly I find it hard to get the swimmers to lunge forward when they take a breath. Only the few grasp the idea. How can I get it through to the majority?
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