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  • About USMS

USMS’s 50th Anniversary: Annual Meetings Shape Direction of the Organization

Every nonprofit organization is required to hold an annual meeting of its governing group—either a board of directors or similar leadership assembly—as part of maintaining its status as a nonprofit organization. For some organizations, th...

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  • Adult Learn-to-Swim

USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

Nearly 70 adult learn-to-swim lessons providers nationwide will receive funding and education support from the USMS Swimming Saves Lives Foundation in 2020.

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  • Health and Nutrition

How Masters Swimming Helped Rewrite the Science of Exercise

Before 1960, no woman had broken 20 minutes in the 1500-meter freestyle. Before 1961, no man had gone sub-2:22 in the 200-meter IM. In less than 60 years, Masters All-Stars Laura Val and Rick Colella would join other elite swimmers who have since bro...

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  • Health and Nutrition

How Do Swimmers Handle Back Spasms?

Swimming can be a great exercise option if you’re prone to back spasms—the involuntary contraction of lower back muscles.

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  • Technique and Training

Does Swimming Help With Weight Loss?

Swimming is an all-body workout that builds muscle strength and cardiovascular capacity and lowers blood pressure and risk of disease—all without the gravity-induced stress and joint pressure that athletes encounter on land.

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  • Health and Nutrition

Is It OK to Swim With an Open Wound?

Have you ever worried about picking up an unsavory bacterium from swimming with an open wound?

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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

The Mighty Mermaids Keep Ruling the Water

About 15 years ago, as she was approaching her 50th birthday, Christie Ciraulo, of UCLA Bruin Masters, had an idea to build an extraordinary team of swimmers to tackle some of the toughest and most iconic open water swims in the world. But this would...

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  • Open Water

USF's Brian Noble Enjoys His Experience at Ultramarathon-Distance Open Water Nats

Blame the Moose. This needs explaining. Moose was my dog. He was more than just a dog, though. He was Moose. 200 pounds. Jet black with a white necktie. Svelte. Intact. Sweet to me but aloof to others. For almost 10 years my daily routine was: Get up...

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  • Health and Nutrition

How Exercise Across Your Lifespan Can Slow or Halt Aging

Consider three of David Costill’s many accomplishments. One: In 1966, he became the first director of Ball State University’s famed Human Performance Laboratory. Over the next half century, he and his colleagues published hundreds of stud...