Run for Swimming! 5K Building Champions Run
The USA Swimming Foundation Building Champions 5K presented by Metro Omaha Medical Society is timed run on an out-and-back course that winds through the city of Omaha. Take in the excitement as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Swimming takes over the city! Whether you are a competitive runner or a weekend warrior, this race is for you.
Insight with Olympic Women's Head Coach David Marsh
2016 Olympic Women's Head Coach, David Marsh, discusses past Olympic experiences, expectations for the upcoming Olympic Games, keys to coaching success and the reason Team USA is a dominant force in the pool.
100 Days Out: Insight with Olympic Men’s Head Coach Bob Bowman
2016 Olympic Men's Head Coach, Bob Bowman shares his expectations for the upcoming Olympiad, his thoughts on being named head coach, and the key to coaching success.
USA Swimming Announces 2016 Diversity Coach Mentorship Program
Applications are now available for the 2016 USA Swimming Diversity Coach Mentorship Program. Participants are active coaches in urban areas with an interest in raising their level of expertise and skill.
Helen Garcia Comes Full Circle from Swimmer to Coach
USA Swimming recently hosted its fourth annual Women’s Leadership Summit where 37 female swimming and diving coaches, from 17 states, gathered to focus on professional and personal development.
Zone Select Camp Rosters Released
Rosters for the zone select camps taking place in May and June have been set. Congratulations to all athletes and staff selected to attend the 2016 Zone Select Camps.
Omaha to Host Mini Build a Pool Workshop
The USA Swimming Facilities Department and Myrtha Pools will host a Mini Build and Program (your) Pool workshop to be held at Olympic Trials July 3rd, 2016 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
20 Question Tuesday: Kris Kubik
Kris Kubik is as well-known as anyone in college swimming and a fixture on U.S. international teams. He talks about what makes his job, swimming, and the Longhorns special in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
The Chuck Wielgus Blog: #CoachesAre Mentors
Coaches play several roles in the lives of their athletes, involving responsibilities far beyond the pool deck.
Bowman & Bennett: Shallow Water Blackout
Bob Bowman, together with Cathy Bennett, discusses the very serious topic of Shallow Water Blackout.
Loss of Consciousness in Breath-Holding Swimmers
Although the phenomenon now commonly called “shallow water blackout” or “hyperventilation-induced hypoxia” has been known since the early 1960’s, swimmers today still fall victim to it.
USA Swimming Issues Guidelines for Concussion Management
USA Swimming has developed a Consensus Statement on Concussion Management with guidelines around the identification and management of concussions at the club and LSC level, as well as during competitions.
Dryland: The Benefits of Yoga for Swimmers
In March I wrote an article about incorporating certain types of dryland training to improve fitness and athleticism. After that article was posted, I received a lot of feedback and questions from both athletes and coaches. The most common of these questions was, “What about yoga?”
Top Tips to Boost Iron Intake and Absorption
Swimmers need adequate iron for performance. Here are the top tips for getting enough iron in your diet along with tips to help maximize the absorption of iron.
The Door is Open in Indy
The door is open for some new athletes to challenge for a World Championship berth and you can bet that somebody unexpected will be going to Spain at the end of July.
Get Your Head in the Game
Even minor mistakes when it comes to head position can throw off a swimmer’s body line significantly. Over the past few months I have started to take notice of how many athletes have poor head position, and how much this can affect their body line.
Blood in the Water
In this forum I have had the opportunity to write about the USA Swimming National Team blood chemistry program. This past April, the impact of the blood chemistry program was presented to the coaches in attendance at the National Team Coaches Seminar in Colorado Springs.
Butterfly Technique and Race Trends
This free web presentation gives an easily understood and detailed analysis of how butterfly is swum properly and effectively. Using video and pictures for demonstration, the foundation for the best stroke for most swimmers is established.
Top Tips for Feeding Teen Swimmers
USASwimming.org nutrition contributor, Jill Castle, recently published “Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School,” and I asked her to offer her top tips for feeding teen swimmers. Many of our readers are looking for sound nutrition advice with practical tips for families of active swimmers and this book is the go-to source.
Following Routine: Should I Do a Wake-Up Swim?
With the summer championship meets just around the corner, a lot of athletes and coaches are working to finalize the details of their race-day plans. While there is something to be said about the calm and confidence that can be gained through following a routine, the ability to be flexible and adapt to situations is something that gives elite athletes an edge.
Concentration: The Master Skill of Mental Toughness
Your training and health being equal, what you concentrate on at meets is the main cause of your best and worst swims. When you struggle with going faster in practice than races, faster in your off-events than your best ones or being unable to break through and get a certain time, faulty concentration is usually the main cause.
VO2 Max Training
The usefulness of VO2 Max training has been a topic for a few years in the endurance sports world. At the elite athlete level, it is nearly impossible to train an improvement in VO2 Max, and it takes about 10 minutes of training for an athlete to achieve VO2 Max. VO2 Max is also extremely difficult to test in the swimming population.
Six-Beat Kicking a Distance Race
It’s pretty clear that the trend in distance races is to six-beat kick the whole race. The evidence is strong. The current trend of six-beat kicking can translate down to a good 400 and 200. In other words, SPEED, which is absolutely essential to a competitive 800 and 1500 now.
The Pathway to an Olympic Medal
Last month I wrote about the developmental tracks taken by our 2012 Olympic Team in terms of their participation in previous USA Swimming camps and competitions. This month I am going to discuss similar research that we have done on our medalists and the progression by which they came to their success in London.
1500 Freestyle: How the Best Swims It
The London Olympics saw eight different world records broken, including the men’s 1500m freestyle, in which Sun Yang dropped his own world record by more than three seconds. Only three men have swum a sub-14:40 race in a textile suit, and Sun Yang has done it three times. So how does he do it and what does is mean?
Breaststroke: Learn to Tempo Up
Breaststrokers need to be able to change gears to find speed at the end of a race. That ability is driven by your technique and emphasis on driving the body, arms, and hands forward; minimal emphasis on pulling a lot of water back.
2012 Olympic Team - How Did They Get Here?
We at the National Team Division are turning the page on a successful London Olympics and are beginning to look forward to 2016. As such, rather than the usual discussion of something technical you can do in the water, this article is going to focus on the path by which our 2012 Olympic athletes came to qualify for and compete at the games.
Turns: Foot Placement on the Wall
Turns are a bit like stroke techniques and snowflakes, no two are exactly alike. However, from observing some of our top athletes, here are a few general technical thoughts.
Dolphin Kick: Training Tips for Improvement
We are frequently asked for dolphin kick training tips and ideas to improve under waters. We have found that the keys to a strong dolphin kick are core and leg strength, ankle flexibility, and executing quick, snappy kicks that finish all the way through the toes. Based on these keys, we recommend using both vertical kicking and a monofin to improve dolphin kicking.