Opinion

Develop Explosive Power and Flexibility – Dry Land Training

Gary Hall Sr: “There are three different facets of dry land training, all of which are important; strength training, stretching and fitness. I am not aware of any elite swimmer that does not incorporate a dry land program into his or her training.”

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One Tip for Swim Parents about Sports Specialization

Should your swimmer only swim, or participate in several sports? As a swim mom for almost 15 years, I’ve had this conversation on the pool deck over and over.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 66% Support WSA As FINA Alternative

About two-thirds of SwimSwam voters support the World Swimming Association as an alternative to FINA as the international governing body for aquatic sports.

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How to Ramp Up Early Season Conditioning

In the early weeks of spring training, swimmers are faced with the challenge of getting back into shape for summer racing. After a solid few weeks of taper, championship meets, and multiple days off from all training, putting in the strength and conditioning that follows can be quite difficult.

4 Tips for Swim Parents on Why We Shouldn’t Coach Our Kids

If you are a coach and your son or daughter is on your team, this article is not for you. This is for us on the sidelines, the parents who give their swimmers tips, thinking we’ll help our kids improve. This is where the old adage, “coaches coach, swimmers swim and parents parent” comes into play.

Opinion: Stop NCAA Hazing & Drinking Events Or NCAA Will Stop Swimming

Which is more essential to the proverbial “college experience”: forced binge drinking fests with incoming freshmen or having the swim team remain a part of your college athletic department?

Nathan Adrian’s 3 Favorite Exercises

Nathan’s top three “Bridge exercises” are the Weighted Pull Up, the Hex Bar Dead Lift and the Disc Freestyle Slide.

SwimSwam Pulse: 79% More Excited For World Juniors Than WUGs

SwimSwam voters overwhelmingly expressed more interest in and excitement for the World Junior Championships than the World University Games.

6 Tips for Surviving Sharing a Lane with a Public Swimmer

Learn 6 different tips for surviving your next session at your local public swim.

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Shouts From The Stands: Advice To Incoming Freshman

You’re excited. You’re nervous. You’re anxious. You’re happy. You’re sad. There’s very few times in your life that you’re going to feel all of the conflicting emotions all at the same time again.

12 Signs Your Child Is Passionate About Swimming

Thankfully, swimming is sport that can last a lifetime. If a child is truly passionate about swimming, they will swim through grade school, high school, college and beyond in masters and open water swimming.

SwimSwam Pulse: Direct Finals Access Most Unpopular World Cup Changes

SwimSwam voters overwhelmingly pointed to direct finals access for major medalists as the most disliked World Cup format change, with almost half of votes going for that rules update.

6 Tips on How to Be a Happy Swim Parent

We need to be encouraging when things aren’t going so swimmingly. I truly believe if we enjoy the process, our kids will, too.

World Swimming Association To Hold Constitutional Convention In D.C.

The World Swimming Association Will Hold Its Constitutional Convention on Friday, September 1, 2017 in Washington, DC, USA, at the Washington Hilton from 3:00-8:00 p.m., in conjunction with the 2017 ASCA World Clinic.

Why My Swedes Are Bae

Swedish goggles, I love you.

At Swimming Worlds, Hungary Deserves Biggest Gold Of All

The World Championships came to a close earlier this month and it always takes a week or two to reflect back and absorb some of the great performances that we witnessed, along with the event’s overall impact on the sport and the global sporting landscape.

Step Up Your Backstroke Rotation (Video)

Watch world champion Junya Koga performing the body rotation backstroke swimming drill, you will see how powerful the body rotation can be when coupled with the kick or the pull.

Importance of a Taper Phase in Dryland Training

During the crucial weeks and days leading up to swim meets, swimmers should properly implement a taper phase in their dryland training to optimize performance on race day.

SwimSwam Pulse: Voters Narrowly Pick Sjostrom’s WR Over Peaty’s

SwimSwam voters narrowly picked Sarah Sjostrom’s 100 free world record as more impressive than Adam Peaty’s 50 breast world record.