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How to Develop a Training Plan for an Injured Swimmer

The first step for working with an injured swimmer is to know where the swimmer is physically. A coach should never assume the role of athletic trainer or doctor. Swimmers who share that they have a physical or mental ailment that’s preventing ...

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The Best Way to Guide New Swimmers Into Your Program

Masters programs need swimmers, especially with so many programs struggling to regain the members they lost during the coronavirus pandemic. If someone reaches out to your program, it’s your responsibility as a coach to engage with that swimmer...

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How to Reach New Swimmers Through Try Masters Swimming

Breaking into a new sport as an adult can be intimidating. Adults might be hesitant to try Masters Swimming if they have no previous swimming experience.

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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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How to Properly Support a Competitor Mindset

One of the best things about Masters Swimming is that we welcome the entire spectrum of aquatic athletes, from Olympians to tentative neophytes whose primary desire is to simply be safe around water. We can’t help but share our love of water wi...

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Extend the Invitation and Build Your Club

If your club has returned to the pool, now’s the perfect time to bring in new members. So many people have been isolated and have missed out on personal interaction and they’re looking to re-engage and get physically fit. Why not help th...

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How to Be a Great Masters Swimming Coach

If you’re looking to become a Masters coach, or you’re a veteran Masters coach who wants to improve, there are a few things you’ve got to do to provide a great experience for your swimmers.

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What Coaches Should Do After a Long Layoff From Workouts

For a program restart after a facility closure, or for athletes who have missed pool time for issues unrelated to their own health, here are some suggestions for those first workouts upon returning to the pool.

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USMS Coach Mentor Program Helps Coaches Across the Country

Swim coaches must be insightful technicians, skilled diplomats, passionate motivators, and expert managers of aquatic chaos. They provide a service that enriches the lives of swimmers and positively contributes to the community.

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How to Use Video to Help Your Swimmers Fix Their Technique

Your keen eye and technical experience enable you to quickly spot flaws in a swimmer’s stroke. Your verbal and physical communication skills ensure that corrections are clear and easily understood. Your athlete has a strong desire to improve an...

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