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  • Technique and Training

When Can I Swim After Getting a Bad Burn?

Whether from too much sun or an accident that causes damage to your skin and deeper tissues, a second-degree burn is not only painful but can sideline swim practice until the skin is healed.

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  • Technique and Training

Should Swimming Be My Only Form of Exercise?

There’s a joke on the TV show Seinfeld about Kramer swimming in the East River because it’s great exercise—swimming is the only workout that works every muscle in the body, he says, and he’s a full inch taller after. But is t...

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  • Technique and Training

How to Do Your Cross-Training in Just 10 Minutes

When you hear the term “cross-training,” you probably think of trips to the gym where success is measured by tonnage lifted and the size of the sweat puddle you sop up when you finish. But while serious weight lifting is part of an optima...

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  • Products and Reviews

How Can I Keep My Goggles from Fogging?

There’s nothing quite like getting into a pool or the open water with new goggles. A fresh pair of goggles gives you an instantaneous, crystal-clear view. For better or worse, clean goggles allow you to experience swimming with your eyes wide o...

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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?