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  • Open Water
  • Triathlon

How to Swim in Wavy Open Water Conditions

The open water presents ever-changing conditions that the open water swimmer’s motto “No Lanes, No Lines, No Walls” only begins to describe.

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  • Health and Nutrition

Essential Medical Needs for Masters Swimmers

We don’t think about it much, the hidden inner workings of the athlete’s body. It’s just sort of there. It’s always done what you’ve wanted in the past, why wouldn’t it just carry on now? Or forever?

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  • Open Water
  • Technique and Training

Pool Sets Adapted for Open Water

More pools are opening across the country, but some areas still aren’t back to normal because of space restrictions and programming needs. This means pool-only swimmers might have to venture into the open water for a good workout.

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  • Technique and Training

Tips and Drills to Improve Your Butterfly

One of the most common problems you’ll notice in butterfly is too much up and down motion. If you have a big wave or amplitude to your undulation, you’re exerting a lot of unnecessary energy for the wrong motions. That expenditure, which ...

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  • Health and Nutrition
  • Open Water

Can Cold Water Cure Dementia?

If you took part in a polar plunge to clear the cobwebs and ring in the New Year feeling refreshed and ready, you might want to consider adding some more chilly splashes the rest of the year. It might not all be in your head—or maybe that brand...

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  • Technique and Training

Try These Two Self-Talk Tips for Better Swimming

Self-talk is a powerful tool for overcoming doubts and achieving your goals, whether it’s to become a national champion or swim your first 100 butterfly.

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  • Health and Nutrition

COVID-19 Vaccines and Coronavirus Variants: What Swimmers Need to Know

Here’s an updated look at what you need to know about what’s happening and how that might impact your swimming.

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  • Health and Nutrition

COVID-19 Vaccines and Coronavirus Variants: Background Information for Swimmers

The recent article “COVID-19 Vaccines and Coronavirus Variants: What Swimmers Need to Know” outlines the current state of the coronavirus pandemic and how it’s affecting USMS practices and events. In this this longer version, we&rsq...

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  • Coaches Only

How to Coach Multiple Ability Levels in One Practice

Coaching a group with a range of abilities might seem challenging but it’s quite doable.

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  • Technique and Training

Why You Should Be Doing IM-Based Swimming Training

As any pool lifeguard will tell you, there are people who walk in every day and do the exact same thing: same time of day, same stroke, same distance. Having a routine is important, and several things happen within that routine that are great both ph...

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