Swimming

Swimming warm ups: Challenges and current practice

In preparation for competitive events, swimming coaches prescribe a pre-competition warm-up, typically an active, pool-based warm-up. The effectiveness of a warm-up strategy is determined by the intensity and duration of the swimming and dryland elements, as well as the time between warm-up and the onset of the race, the transition phase. Completion of an active…

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Measuring the hydrodynamic profiles of swimmer’s

A hydrodynamic profile, which is primarily composed of drag force, effects a swimmer’s performance; therefore, coaches, swimmers and sports analysts are keenly interested in the components of drag. Drag force is effected by intrinsic properties of water and the swimmer, decreasing acceleration. Drag is composed of active and passive drag. Passive drag, the focus of…

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Does Bench Press improve performance in 50m swimming?

To improve strength and power, top-level swimmers commonly execute traditional strength exercises (i.e., bench press and squat) on dry-land. It is assumed that the training adaptations resulting from these nonspecific strategies are able to enhance swimming performance. Therefore, it is interesting to ascertain which dry-land testing and training methods provide results more closely related to…

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Should you use swim paddles to benefit from Post-activation potentiation?

Post-activation potentiation (PAP) is acknowledged as a short-term enhancement in muscle strength and power after performing a high intensity conditioning activity. It has been demonstrated that such high-intensity exercises during warm-up routines may improve performance in speed and power events. Post-activation potentiation has been documented in different activities and sports. In swimming, dry-land exercises induced…

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