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  • Open Water

Should I Get Mirrored or Polarized Goggles for Open Water Swimming?

For open water swimming goggles, the choice between a mirrored or polarized lens to enhance visibility depends on weather conditions.

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  • Triathlon

How Triathletes Should Spend Their Offseason

The triathlon offseason affords you the opportunity to evaluate your aptitude as a swimmer. You will have much more to gain from your swimming workouts in-season by continually assessing the effectiveness of your abilities. In order to get the most o...

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  • Technique and Training

The 10 Most-Read USMS Articles in 2019

With 2019 coming to an end in a few weeks, we wanted to collect our most-read articles from the year in one place, so you have easy access to some of our best content that you can take with you to the water in 2020.

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  • Technique and Training

Swimming After a Leg or Foot Fracture

Fractures to lower legs and feet can be excruciating. The recovery process is also painful and can be a hassle with a giant cast. The process becomes more liberating when the pain slowly goes away, the doctor orders the cast to be removed, and recomm...

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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...