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.
Tips for Effectively Coaching an Athlete with Auditory Processing Disorder and/or Attention Deficit Disorder
Although there are a few athletes that probably really choose not to listen, there are probably more athletes that have a hard time listening because of an underlying disorder. Two disorders will be addressed in this article: APD – Auditory Processing Disorder and ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder.
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.
Performance Aquatics: Vertical Jumping and Vertical Kicking
Head coach Kathleen K. Prindle of Performance Aquatics (PAQ) explains the importance of vertical jumping as two of her swimmers demonstrate. Vertical kicking is also demonstrated.
Effort Charts Based on Capability and Skill Level
Robert Pinter, Iowa Flyers Head Coach, has developed simplified effort charts that make sense to athletes in each capability and skill level. Great learning tool for athletes of all age and skill levels!
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.
Kids and Caffeine Don't Mix
You should think twice before offering a child an energy-enhanced product. Are they already in the habit of drinking a cup of coffee before or after they compete? Probably not. According to a 2011 report in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, energy drinks are “never suitable for children or teenagers.” Additionally, what is considered a caffeine boost for adults may be excessive for teenagers, and possibly cause high blood pressure, seizures or anxiety. (Senelick, 2011)
Nutrition for Recovery
Knowing how much carbohydrate, protein and fat to get in a day is good. But knowing when you should be getting those nutrients is even better. In general, follow these guidelines for incorporating carbohydrate, protein and fat into your day.
Teaching the skills of swimming involves implementation of a common teaching language and employment of demonstration, explanation, repetition and feedback. Coaches need a big “toolbox” of ideas for teaching and each coach must find his/her own methods to best teach, organize and communicate with the swimmers.
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.
Webinar: How to Study Your Swimmer in a Race
Ira Klein, head coach of the Sarasota Tsunami Swim Team and Director of the Sarasota Swim Academy talks about "How to Watch Your Swimmer in a Race." Klein talks about the appropriate amount of information to share with swimmers to foster improvement and avoid overload.