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7 BIGGEST Mistakes Swimmers Make

7 BIGGEST Mistakes Swimmers Make

Here are list of 7 BIGGEST Mistakes Swimmers Make:-

Mistake #1: Skimping on Warm Up & Cool Down

Mistake #2: Focusing on 1 Stroke Only

Mistake #3: Becoming a Medium Fast Swimmer

Mistake #4: Not Refueling After a Workout

Mistake #5: Not “Seeing” Their Stroke

Mistake #6: No Goals, No Glory

Mistake #7: Afraid of Change

Let’s discuss these mistakes one-by-one:-

Mistake #1: Skimping on Warm Up & Cool Down

Most swimmers are aware of the benefits of a warm up and cool down, yet very few swimmers take enough
time out of their practice to PROPERLY prepare their body for workout or recovery. Warm ups provide the
body and mind to prepare for the upcoming workout. Swimmers can focus on good technique, relaxed breathing,
and mental preparation. Cool downs are ESSENTIAL to preventing injury and giving the body time to
recover from a hard workout. As a coach, it is your job to ensure your athletes give their bodies a good warm up
and cool down, because studies show they won’t give either the focus they deserve without a “push”.

Mistake #2: Focusing on 1 Stroke Only

Most swimmers have a favorite or best stroke that they focus on during
workouts. Push your swimmers to add stroke variety to their workouts. This
will help not only make your swimmers stronger physically, but will help prevent
overuse injuries also. Not to mention, workouts are more fun with some
variety.

Mistake #3: Becoming a Medium Fast Swimmer

Many swimmers train in one zone during workouts: medium fast. This
prepares the athlete for only medium fast competition. A better workout structure involves swimming FAST followed by periods of swimming more slowly. Slow does not equal a break.
Slow swimming is a time for recovery, stroke technique, effective breathing, and neutral head and body position.

Mistake #4: Not Refueling After a Workout

Swimming is serious exercise, and swimmers need to be reminded to properly refuel their body after a workout.
After a workout, swimmers should look to eat or drink something with a 4:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio.
Proper post-workout nutrition is key to a quick recovery.

Mistake #5: Not “Seeing” Their Stroke
Coaches should video their swimming practices whenever possible to allow them to “show” their swimmers
their strokes. Many times coaches will make the same correction over and over (too big of a kick, crossing the
center line, poor body position, etc.) and never see a change in their athletes. The main reason for this is the
swimmer doesn’t “feel” the problem. When the swimmer can “See” the problem on video, a correction is usually
made during the very next workout.

Mistake #6: No Goals, No Glory

Swimmers, like all athletes, should set short and long term goals for themselves. Goals become more serious
when you get your swimmers to put them on paper and share them with their teammates, family, and friends.
Celebrate when your athletes hit their goals….and then set new ones!

Mistake #7: Afraid of Change

Swimmers can be creatures of habit. Old strokes are hard to change (see mistake #5) and workouts can become
very “routine. Challenge your swimmers with a new type of workout.

 

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Sanuj Srivastava

Hello everyone ! myself Sanuj Srivastava, I'm a National swimmer and Computer Olympiad winner. I'm working on writing articles for competitive swimming. If you have some problem in swimming that needs some creative injection then that’s where I come in!
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