Many coaches have problems getting their swimmers to perform well in the mornings. The truth is if a swimmer does not perform well in preliminaries, they may not have an opportunity to compete at night. CurrentPhoto via Chris O'Linger
Chris O’ Linger, assistant coach, Incarnate Word swimming & diving. (Image courtesy of UIW)
Many swim coaches have problems getting their swimmers to perform well in the mornings. The truth is if a swimmer does not perform well in preliminaries, they may not have an opportunity to compete at night.
As coaches, we can schedule several morning practices, make a majority of them anaerobic, and even lengthen our warm-up sequences to try and achieve better results, but no matter how warmed up our muscles become, our nerves need to be able to communicate fast and slow twitch movements at a rapid pace. There are several activities that can be done in the water, but at the University of the Incarnate Word, our coaching staff have found more success activating our nerves outside of the water prior to morning swim practices or preliminary meet sessions.
This article will demonstrate a few of the most important nerves to activate pertaining to swimmers’ catch and core stability:
O’Linger is an assistant coach for the Incarnate Word swimming and diving program. He swam collegiately at both the University of Florida and University of Tampa. He earned a degree in social psychology from Tampa. He is studying kinesiology.
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