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  • Events

‘It Made Me Feel Very Strong’: Completing Fall Fitness Challenge Provides Accomplishment

Gretchen Bloom quit swimming a few years ago when a series of unfortunate family events sapped her motivation and took away her time to swim.  

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  • Health and Nutrition

When Can I Swim After Getting a Mole Removed?

Mole removal is a fairly common minor surgical procedure. You might think you can get back to exercise and back into the pool right away. But that’s not necessarily true, which might leave you wondering: How long after mole removal can I swim?

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  • Health and Nutrition

How Soon Can I Swim After Getting Stitches?

It’s not uncommon for people to get stitches in their body at some point in their lifetime. Whether for flesh wounds during an accident or a planned incision through surgery, sutures are a temporary fix to a problem. The question for swimmers i...

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  • Technique and Training

How Long Should I Wait to Swim After Getting a Tattoo?

You just got some new ink and are wondering how long before you can jump back in the pool. How can you swim with a new tattoo? Even if you’re not supposed to get it wet, is there a way to waterproof a tattoo for swimming?

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  • Coaches Only

Healthy Habits for Long-Term Success as a Masters Swimming Coach

Here are a few healthy habits to help you take care of yourself and make the crazy life of a Masters swim coach an awesome one.

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  • Technique and Training

How Long Can I Take Off Without Getting Out of Shape?

Anyone who has swam for several years knows the feeling of coming back to the pool after an extended break. It might take only one week, but it probably leads you to think, “I’m never taking a break again,” “I didn’t rea...

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  • Coaches Only

How Swimming Coaches Can Balance Their Goals With Their Swimmers' Goals

It’s a logistical nightmare to craft an individual training plan for each person who leaves wet footprints on your pool’s deck. Fortunately, you can create general training plans and modestly tweak them to meet individual needs.

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  • Human Interest

Longtime Walnut Creek Masters Coach Kerry O'Brien Announces Retirement

Kerry O’Brien didn’t think he would be the Walnut Creek Masters head coach this long. During his February 1981 interview, he said he could see himself holding the job—which he had already filled for five months on an interim basis&m...

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  • Technique and Training

Swimming Warm-Ups for Sprinters

We’re all still part of one big happy swimming family, but acknowledging our differences makes it easier to get along in the warm-up pool. A good sprint warm-up comes down to three things: picking your spot, calling your shot, and having perfec...

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  • Technique and Training

How to Get Proper Head Position on All Four Swimming Strokes

Having this massive clunky knob above your shoulders wouldn’t be a big deal if it remained stationary. After all, when we put our head down and place our hands together with our arms behind our ears, we can get pretty darned streamlined. Unfort...