How To Prevent Shoulder Injuries

Swimmers, just like athletes who need to throw much, will put a lot of stress and pressure on their shoulders. Swimmers cover thousands of meters or yards in the swimming pool on a daily basis. The fact of the matter is that shoulder injuries occur more among swimming athletes than among baseball pitchers. So here we’ll talk about How To Prevent Shoulder Injuries. The following Global Triathlon Network video explains why, when your shoulders need to do so much work in swimming, it comes as no surprise that shoulder injuries are among the most common for swimmers.

Shoulder injuries are common among swimmers because a swimmer might use the shoulder more than 2000 times in a single swim workout of 5-8 miles. Additionally, the shoulders are your body’s engine in the water, providing nearly 90% of a swimmer’s forward motion.

Can these injuries be prevented?

It is not that more exercise can guarantee a swimmer to stay injury-free, but by keeping the important shoulder muscles strong, swimmers can decrease the chances of injuries in the future considerably. Too much trauma to these critical areas of the shoulder joint can result in shoulder pain, and in the worst case, structural damage.

The Basics of Swimming – Getting Started

Learning how To swim the basics of swimming can seem like a daunting task while teaching someone seems fairly straight forward.

There’s a reason why parents spend $1000’s of dollars so their children can swim properly. However, with the right tools and instructions, anyone can learn how to swim without having to dish out tons of money for lessons.

Here’s what you’ll need.

If you have your own pool or a friend has one that’s a great place to start. If not a lot of pools offer public swims and usually they are free! Take advantage of this. Bathtubs are also a great place to get your kids comfortable in the water. There are also certain exercises that can be done in the pool to help get your child ready.

Extreme swimming in Greenland

The expedition Greenland-Tasersiaq was the brainchild of Premek Morgan, a climber and trekker from the Czech Republic. Here is his story: Quite simply we would attempt to go where people hadn’t trodden for around 100 years since the Inuit abandoned this area of the hinterland for summer hunting…. Check out also this video about winter swimming in Nuuk, Greenland:

The preparation was meticulous for we had to carry all supplies for 25 days on our backs in rucksacks. We turned to a nutritionist combined with the sports science of Newman, one of the other expedition members in order to get it right.

In the end, we relied heavily on fats such as ghee, olive oil, salami, and lard in the traditional polar way with the remainder coming from carbohydrates. We utilized thermos flasks and ate a hot meal 3 times per day which was an absolute masterstroke, especially at the start of the trip when we were carrying 35 – 45kg bags.

Synchronized swimming technique talk

I would like to share some of the interesting things I have found out along my synchronized swimming career as an athlete and coach, things that maybe if I had not tried the sport to a certain level, I would have never found out or learned from it.  So, this is the insight I would like to give you.  I hope you have a good imagination, because you may need it at first before trying and living it out to understand exactly what I mean.  For example, when I speak about sensations, you can think about them, but until you try it a few times, you may not get what I mean.

Synchronized swimming is an extremely technical sport, which when done well, it can offer you a lot of resources to grow in the sport and even experiment with new movements or even challenge gravity like elite swimmers do.  Because it is so technical, having different points of view to execute the same movement can help the athlete search for their own style.

The more resources and tools we have to grow, the better.  The problem doesn’t come at times from the tools, but from the lack of training time, of planning well the objectives and the number of things to work on.  So, my suggestion is that you use all your tools and resources on different training techniques until you find the right one for you and your team.

Water Polo Instruction

Instruction For Goalies

Every water polo goalie knows, “Goalies are Special!”. At water polo training, coaches will give extra attention to these specialists. They will instruct goalies with material specifically designed to help water polo goalies reach their highest potential.

Good and dedicated goalie coaches understand the unique skills and techniques that you’ll need to stop shots cold and trigger your teams counter attack. Here are some of the special goalie skills you’ll be exposed to and practice in the pool:

Swimming Technique – top two backstrokers routine

With arguably the world’s top two backstrokers, Aaron Peirsol and Lenny Krayzelburg, likely to be training together at Irvine Novaquatics a couple of years ago, Coach Dave Salo was excited about what should be an exceptional summer leading up to the Olympics.

Dave Salo was the first to tell you that that summer was different from all the rest. Let’s rephrase that: “It will be an exceptional summer,” Salo said from his office at Soka University in Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Salo, who coaches the Irvine Novaquatics swim team, will be in high gear this summer as he prepares his swimmers for Olympic Trials in July at Long Beach. Not that Salo is a stranger to the routine. He’s been placing athletes on the Olympic team since Barcelona in 1992, including medalists Amanda Beard, Jason Lezak and Aaron Peirsol. This time, however, ah, there’s the rub.

It was Salo who coached backstroker and world record holder Peirsol in his high school and age group years and is one of the big reasons why he won a silver medal in the 200 meter backstroke in the 2000 Olympics in Australia.

Swimming Technique: Windmill Revolution

Although not widely used in previous years, the recent wave of sprinters using straight-arm freestyle has triggered a philosophical rethinking of the technique.

In the early 19th century, the British swam in a very polite and peaceful manner. Civilized swimmers entered the pool carefully, without getting their heads wet, and glided gracefully along with their heads above the water. This style of swimming was also preferred in the British competitive swimming leagues, although the early competitors swam with a slightly greater sense of urgency.

In 1844, Native Americans, Flying Gull, and Tobacco, rocked the British swimming empire during a demonstration in London. According to legend, Flying Gull swam 130 feet in 30 seconds to defeat Tobacco and win a medal. Their stroke was described as a “thrashing” style in which the arms moved “like a windmill” and the legs moved in an “up-and-down” motion.

Almost a century-and-a-half later, a spry youngster named Janet Evans rocked the swimming world and obliterated world records in the distance freestyle events using a windmill, straight-arm freestyle recovery. It seemed all at once impossible, yet strangely familiar.

Does Fat Make You A Faster Swimmer?

Every sport has its enduring, but totally groundless myths. When it comes to swimming, the all-time champ is probably the one about body fat as an indispensable aid to doing well.

While it’s mostly the sinewy triathletes and runners at my swim camps who have fallen under this fictitious spell, it could be any ectomorphic would-be swimmer. “Thanks for trying to turn me into a good swimmer. But, I don’t have enough buoyancy to do anything except sink like a stone,” goes the lament.

But you do! And this should convince you: Tom Dolan, once America’s best hope for Olympic medals in distance freestyle and a world record holder in the 400-meter individual medley, has a razor-thin three percent body fat. Floating is obviously not the issue.