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  • Coaches Only

How Coaches Can Help Their Athletes Through Injuries

Let’s look at ways coaches can help swimmers overcome life’s inevitable setbacks.

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  • Open Water

From the Pool to the Open Water

More than 320 athletes swam in the serene waters of Lake Berryessa near Sacramento, Calif., on June 1 to participate in an annual 2-mile open water race, this year’s venue for the U.S. Masters Swimming Middle-Distance Open Water National Champi...

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  • Health and Nutrition

What Swimmers Need to Know About Sports Drinks

Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether you need a sports drink—which provides energy in the form of carbohydrates and replaces electrolytes lost in sweat—or just plain water the next time you’re getting into the wat...

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  • Triathlon

Three Common Pitfalls for Triathletes to Avoid When Entering the Pool

Although there’s no substitute for actual open water training, here are a few tips to keep in mind when you’re in a pool working toward your triathlon goals.

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  • Open Water

How to Become Acclimated to Open Water Swimming

People raised on beaches love plunging into ponds, lakes, and oceans. But some who have only swum in lap pools can find open water frightening. How can you learn to be comfortable without lane stripes, walls, or the smell of chlorine?

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  • Open Water

Five Open Water Swimming Training Drills

The best way to better your open water swimming skills is to swim regularly in the open water. While you’re out there, take time to really improve by incorporating some important open water drills. These drills can help you fine tune your open ...

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  • Triathlon

How to Maximize Your Triathlon Swim Start

Here’s what you need to know to be safe in triathlon’s most chaotic moment: the start of the swim.

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  • Technique and Training

How to Develop Your Swim Training Plan

If you have a good coach who knows you well, then great—you’re well on your way to getting a training plan right for you. But if you’re self-coached, it takes more than a little time and some pretty good record-keeping to build your...

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  • Products and Reviews

What You Need to Watch Out for in Your Sunscreen

There are 16 active ingredients used in sunscreens in the U.S., and 14 of them are under scrutiny by the FDA

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  • Coaches Only

Combating Insecurity on the Pool Deck

My high school coach used to say, “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” As a 16-year-old, I didn’t pay much attention, thinking he would say anything to make us go faster. But this phrase followed me into adulthood and into my coachi...