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  • Coaches Only

The Value of Quality Complaints

If you’ve never asked your swimmers for feedback through an end-of-season survey, now might be time to do so. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to ask your swimmers for useful feedback. Here’s how to help your swimmers help yo...

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  • Technique and Training

Why Yoga Is Beneficial for Masters Swimmers

Curiosity led Mountain View Masters Coach Tina Whiteside to the yoga studio for the first time. She came out refreshed and feeling like she’d had a great workout. After a few more sessions, she was hooked.

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  • Technique and Training

Simple Science Experiments Can Help You Swim Faster

To make matters worse, much of the ongoing research is performed on elite young athletes, which is not a demographic to which I belong. Techniques that elicit personal records from a tall and limber slab of 20-year-old muscle may not produce the same...

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  • Technique and Training

Race Strategies That Work

Here are some simple ideas to help you figure out what feels best for you and gets you the best results. This is more art than science, and the guidelines are for races of 200 yards or more. (Sprints are addressed at the end.)

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  • Products and Reviews

How to Protect Your Hair and Skin from Oxidation

Being in a pool every day requires dedication and passion, but increases your exposure to oxidizers and minerals. Here’s what you need to know about the water you swim in.

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  • Technique and Training

Three Yoga Poses for Functional Core Strength

The core muscles are in the pelvic region and torso and include the spinal and abdominal muscles. A strong core enables an athlete to perform spinal flexion and twisting activities with minimal trauma on the skeletal system. The core also serves as t...

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  • Technique and Training

Three Drills to Improve Your Breaststroke Timing

The most difficult aspect of breaststroke to master is the timing. Even the most skilled swimmers in the world struggle with this from time to time. It’s something that many athletes feel they lose over the course of a long season or career. Do...

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  • Technique and Training

Watch Out for These Three Butterfly Open Turn Mistakes

Although open turns seem like they would be simple to execute, there are a few technical errors swimmers sometimes make. Here’s how to fix them.

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  • Coaches Only

Tips for Helping Your Swimmers Fix Their Technique

No coach wants to be known as a nagging nuisance, so we might sometimes be tempted to keep our observations to ourselves. Indeed, some swimmers may not be interested in receiving feedback, and we do need to be sensitive to that. But swimming is a hi...

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  • Human Interest

Mark Vahradian is Making Waves in Hollywood

Mark Vahradian was well on his way toward a career as an attorney. After earning a degree in political science from Duke University, he was working his way through law school at the University of California–Los Angeles. He already had some conn...