Friday, 21 March 2014

Introduction

"As long as I have been a swimming coach, I have shied away from the "self help" approach to swimming improvement. The reason is that I believe there is no replacement for an experienced eye observing a swimmer's stroke in action. While a particular stroke may seem right to a swimmer doing it, analysis by a coach can provide valuable insight about subtle, but important stroke flaws that are present. Unchecked, the swimmer can end up practicing and perfecting flawed technique. Without intervention, stroke flaws may be repeated over and over again, becoming habit. This can slow progress, cause frustration with the sport, and, in some instances, eventually lead to injury.

A coach's input is important. By looking beyond what seems to be even a picture perfect stroke, to the heart of swimming efficiency,  a coach can identify problem areas and teach the swimmer to avoid poor stroke habits through correct practice. One of the ways coaches encourage correct practice is with swimming drills. Specific drills, targeting specific aspects of the stroke, help the swimmer practice correct technique and relearn ingrained swimming patterns. Once stroke flaws are identified, the swimmer can use stroke drills to address problem ares, and successfully practice on his or her own."

-Abstract from The 100 best swimming drills by Blythe Lucero

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