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How Swimmers Can Use Yoga to Alleviate a Hunched Spine

Many swimmers spend hours on smart phones gazing, head down, at the latest news and stock updates, or texting. Habitual forward flexion of the cervical spine can lead to a chronic postural problem known as “text neck.” As postural imbalan...

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Open Water Virtual Clinic

Have you ever wanted to do an open water event but didn't know where to start? This video will take you through three main steps: how to choose an event, preparing for the event, and what to expect on race day. You will learn things like typical swim...

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  • Technique and Training

Get Ready to Swim With This Dryland Warm-up

How many times have you showed up to swim practice feeling a world of tension stemming from your day? You might note a tight shoulder or knee pain while standing on deck, though you might hop in the water and hope to work out the kinks during your wa...

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  • Technique and Training

Why Having a Hitch in Your Freestyle Might Not Be Bad

Coaches have long believed that swimmers needed a symmetrical stroke, but swimming superstar Michael Phelps and countless others have been doing a giddy-up style of freestyle and had plenty of success. Just watch the NCAA Division I Swimming & Di...

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Writing Masters Workouts for All Your Swimmers

When I first started coaching Masters, I was an assistant responsible for coaching workouts written by the head coach. It was nice to show up with workout in hand, put it on the board, and run practice. I didn’t really put any thought into the ...

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  • Technique and Training

How to Find Your Best Backstroke-to-Breaststroke IM Transition

For the IM, there’s one transition that can really make or break a race and that’s the backstroke-to-breaststroke transition. Why is it so important? If done poorly, it not only has an impact on overall time, but also can affect two of th...

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  • Technique and Training

Why Swimming Might Make You Need to Pee

Open water swimming holds certain advantages over pool swimming in a number of areas, perhaps the most convenient of these being not having to exit the water to answer the call of nature. (You really shouldn’t in pools.) Indeed, for most open w...

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  • Health and Nutrition

Four Secrets to Keep You Lean and Mean

Here are five secrets that’ll keep you lean and mean, ones that have worked for dozens of my personal training clients. (If you want 20 more, check out my book Fitter Than Ever at 50 and Beyond.)

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  • Events

USMS Members Going for Gold at Paralympics

After the Olympics will come a second, perhaps even more impressive, display of the awesome range of human ability. Between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5, the world will watch the Paralympics, which will feature thousands of competitors from more than 100 coun...

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Short Course Nationals Day 5 Recap: 90-Plus-Year-Olds Show Age is Just a Number

U.S. Masters Swimming’s competitions are for adults of all ages, but no races seem to captivate meet participants, fans, and event staff as much as those for the older age groups.

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