From this issue forward we are switching the format for two reasons. The first reason is to give you more research. I’ll be sending 2-3 articles each issue. The second reason is to allow you to get an idea of the content quicker. To that end I will only provide a brief excerpt that I found interesting instead of summarizing the entire study. I hope you enjoy these three.
This study follows the journey of an elite male sprinter for ~ 2.5 5 years leading up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. When he joined the training program in January 2014 his best time was 22.57 and after completing the program in September 2016 his best time had dropped to 21.82, a 3.3% improvement.
My favorite excerpt:
This swimmer reached the sub-22s mark mainly by reducing total swimming time, which was effected by a longer stroke length.
This study analyzed changes in the hydrodynamic profile of 25 young swimmers to compare the variations according to a well-designed training periodization.
My favorite Excerpt
However, main trend was that the general preparation cycle (characterized by a high focus on energetics buildup) tends to impair the hydrodynamics profile. On the other hand, the specific cycle of preparation to the main competition (including technique fine-tuning with high number of cues, plus energetics workout at race pace) enables to enhance hydrodynamics and swim efficiency. In this sense, age group coaches should on regular basis deliver customized cues and feedbacks about the technique of each and every swimmers. This is even more relevant in heavy macro-cycles (i.e., with a high volume or density) where swimmers tend to neglect technique.
Teaching youth to swim in a formal setting from certified instructors is a consistent drowning prevention recommendation. Purposes for this investigation was to examine type of swimming instruction and ability to swim and compare to attitudes toward swimming among US youth.
My favorite Excerpt
We believe that this research is the first to document that learning how to swim from a certified swim instructor leads to an enhanced level of swimming competence. This result supports the consistent recommendations among numerous injury prevention groups to learn how to swim from a certified instructor. Alarmingly, a large proportion of children, regardless of demographics, are learning how to swim from a family member or friend (43.9%), or indicated they had taught themselves (24.2%). These results are counter to what prevention groups are recommending and may be setting the stage for these children to drown.
Feel free to contact me if there are any articles/topics in particular that you’d like to know more about. If not, keep swimming in research!