The Power of Competing in the Moment
In previous articles, we talked about the services and role of a sport psychologist in swimming, and four of the seven High Performance Strategies. This article will briefly describe the fifth strategy – The Power of Competing in the Moment.
Sleep More and Prevent Injuries
Sleep is not a new topic on the High Performance Tips web page. Add to the list the growing stack of evidence that the hours of sleep an athlete gets at night is a significant predictor of injury.
Energy Conservation and Management for High Performance
In previous articles, we talked about the services and role of a sport psychologist in swimming, and three of the seven High Performance Strategies. This article will briefly describe the fourth strategy – ENERGY CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT.
Three Lessons All Leaders Should Learn
Here are three valuable lessons for all leaders to learn in dealing with athletes.
More From The “Pit Crew” – Sport Psychology
This article will briefly describe the third strategy of sport psychology – Plyability.
What every swimmer needs to know about cold tubs
There are things Cold Water Immersion can do and things that it cannot. The key to perhaps gaining an advantage from Cold Water Immersion is knowing the best way to use it.
12 Performance Nutrition Thoughts for the Holiday Week
It’s the holidays! A time to celebrate with family and friends, but during this small break from training, it’s wise to continue to make healthy performance based food choices…most of the time.
Building Powerful, Broad Shoulders
Swimmers are notorious for their broad shoulders, but what’s the foundation of powerful broad shoulders?
Small Changes Make A Big Difference…
Here are a few simple things you can do that will make a difference when you need to get your hand on the wall in Omaha.
Greater Medal Impact: World Rankings or World Championships?
At this point we can’t accurately predict who will even qualify for Rio, let alone who will medal in any given event. However, we can look at historical data to try to identify common trends when it comes to who has medaled in the past.
Sport Psychology: More From the "Pit Crew"
In the previous article, we talked about the first strategy, Game/Battle Plans. This article will briefly describe the second strategy – PERSPECTIVE
Hot Food and a Warm Bed Beats a Cold Tub any Day
This past summer, the USA Swimming Medical Staff and High Performance Staff supported three international meets over the course of 35 days. It was an amazing opportunity to see how our athletes go about their business of swimming fast and recovering for their next race.
Guidelines for Competing Internationally
When you are representing the US, it is important to remember how you are perceived around the world
Five Tips for Adapting to International Travel
This summer USA Swimming will be represented across the globe by our athletes. Targeted advice about preparing to compete at a high level internationally after crossing multiple time zones is scarce.
Sport Psychology: Game Plans, Battle Plans, Business Plans
In the previous article, seven strategies were briefly introduced. The first strategy is having a PLAN. Call it what you want – game plan, battle plan, business plan -- any of these work.
5 Things You Should Already Do To Reach Your Potential This Season
I am astonished to learn how often athletes aren’t doing the basic things that, in my opinion, are the foundation for success for an elite athlete.
What is Sport Psychology?
Sport Psychology is an integral part of USA Swimming’s High Performance Pit Crew and you’re the driver! Use your entire pit crew!
So you want to make the Olympic Team?
Besides working your tail off, being incredibly dedicated and talented, there are a few other things that will get you to Rio in 2016.
Your Hall of Fame Brain
You can reinforce good technique with targeted video viewing and perhaps learn new tricks to work on at the pool.
Providing Data and Answering, "So What?"
Data is a challenge. It’s our job to provide our athletes and coaches with every available resource to be successful, but information alone is a marginal resource and practical applicability is essential to its utility.
U.S. vs. The World: How Do We Look So Far?
As we all start gearing up for this summer’s Phillips 66 National Championships, there is sure to be plenty of discussion about who will make each team’s roster. While there is little use in speculating about these things before the competition, there is still value in looking at current benchmarks.
Synchronizing Dryland Strength with Swim Training
The National Team Coaches Seminar in April featured much discussion on the subject of dryland training. Synchronizing dryland strength training with swim training requires a balance between the two, and identifying the proper starting point for the athlete.
Men’s NCAA Qualifying: Has It Become Harder?
Last week I looked at the progression of qualifying times for the women’s NCAA championship. This week I will repeat the same process for the men’s meet to find out if there has been any significant impact since the new selection procedures were introduced.
NCAA Women's Progressions
During my travels the past few months, I’ve had a number of conversations about NCAA qualifying procedures, and whether or not it has become more difficult to qualify as an individual for the championship at the end of season.
Abdominal Training: Misconceptions and Solutions
Common abdominal training programs promise increased strength and performance through repeated forward flexion exercises, such as the standard sit up and the v-up. What these programs don’t offer are dynamic, functional movements that stabilize the spine and strengthen the core to facilitate an explosive transfer of power from the legs to the arms, which is the key to increasing velocity and power in any stroke and distance.
Getting the Most out of Your Nap Time
Naps are an excellent tool for athletes in training and on game day as well. Here are a few tips to help get the most out of your nap time.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nutrition: Protein Post-Training
Ongoing research has led to more concrete information regarding the timing of protein intake, the quantity of protein ingested and the best source of protein for hard-working athletes. The existing research is very sound; however, modern tools and methods have made evaluating the ability of skeletal muscle to synthesize protein possible.
Health: 3 Recovery Tips from the Experts
At the 2012 USAS Convention in Greensboro, N.C., the Sports Science and Medicine Committee sponsored a panel discussion on recovery. The panel agreed in theory and in practice on three tips to help swimmers recover from hard training.
Nutrition: Recovery Nutrition during Hard Training
Christmas training has been a tradition for club teams and colleges across America ever since there has been a break between December 26th and January 2nd. Whether your team is travelling or staying home, athletes will be challenged to eat enough calories to stay fueled for longer training sessions and additional practices.
Health: Alcohol. Growth Hormone, and Sleep
Alcohol consumed before sleep has a destructive effect on an athlete’s ability to recover from their training regimen.
Strength: Ground-Based and Olympic Lifts
It is fashionable these days for Bosu-balls, foam rollers and stretch cords to take the place of plates and bars. Unfortunately, for trained athletes this is probably a mistake.