J.P. Mortenson - (Author)

Recent

Read more40

What Makes the Perfect Swimmer's Body?

What Makes the Perfect Swimmer's Body? Although swimmers with a wide variety of body types have found success in the sport, most at the international level tend to look similar, sporting tall and muscular bodies - typically with long torsos, long arms and short legs. This begs the question: If you c...

Read more67

15 Ways To Tell You Come From a Swimming Family

15 Ways To Tell You Come From a Swimming Family By J.P. Mortenson Due to the sport's all-consuming nature, swimming inevitably becomes a family affair. And once your family becomes a swimming family, the sport will affect your home life in more ways than you could have ever imagined! Here are 15 way...

Read more14

11 Things Off-Season Swimmers Do

By J.P. Mortenson, Swimming World College Intern. Regardless of how your season went, most swimmers need to take a break after the season is over to recover and prepare for the next season, both mentally and physically. This off-season break is sacred to most swimmers, as it is the only time that th...

Read more23

What Happens To Your Body During Taper?

By J.P. Mortenson, Swimming World College Intern. Taper is the time leading up to a big competition where swimmers decrease their training volume while increasing their rest in order to prepare their bodies to go best times. So what exactly happens to your body during taper that allows it to go fast...

Read more4

5 Struggles that all Outdoor Swimmers Face

By J.P. Mortenson, Swimming World College Intern. For the most part, swimming outdoors is pretty great. These swimmers get to train in the sunshine and breathe fresh air every day, all while their counterparts are stuck inside their humid indoor dungeons. However, not everything about swimming outdo...

Read more15

7 Things That Every Swimmer Fears on Race day

By J.P. Mortenson, Swimming World College Intern. After months and sometimes even years of training for what will hopefully be the fastest swimming of your life, race day has finally arrived. Race day is a nerve-wracking time for swimmers, as they are forced to perform and see the results of their g...

Read more3

The Value Of Studying Film

By J.P. Mortenson, Swimming World College Intern. If you want to improve as a swimmer, you’re going to have to learn how to make the connection between your body and mind. Plenty of swimmers just go into the water and do what the coaches tell them to do. However, the best swimmers are the ones who s...

Read more21

The History of the Underwater Dolphin Kick

By J.P. Mortenson, Swimming World College Intern. Underwater dolphin kicking transformed swimming sport of swimming. These days, swimmers at the NCAA and international level routinely push their kicks to the 15-meter mark. However, this was not always the case. For a long time, dolphin kick was pred...

Read more0

6 Ways To Make Something Out Of a Bad Swim Practice

By J.P. Mortenson, Swimming World College Intern. As swimmers, we all have days when we show up to practice and are completely fatigued before even getting in the water. Days when making even the warm up interval is a struggle, your body just can’t do what you want it to, and you feel like you aren’...

Read more7

How To Prepare For Finals After a Disappointing Prelims

By J.P. Mortenson, Swimming World College Intern. Having a bad prelims swim is disappointing at every level of the sport. Whether that means you gained time, did not place into the heat you wanted or you didn't even make it back, it always leaves you dwelling on the “what if” hypothetical situations...

Read more0

5 Keys to a Quick Recovery from Injury

By J.P. Mortenson, Swimming World College Intern. Getting injured is one of the most devastating things that can happen to a swimmer. It is immensely frustrating to have your own body give out on you. The recovery process is often a very lonely time, as you are forced to sit out while all of your te...

Read more3

8 Guidelines for Recruiting Trip Etiquette

By J.P. Mortenson, a Swimming World Intern. Recruiting trip season is officially upon us. These trips are an extremely exciting yet unfamiliar experience for high school seniors who are about to decide where to call home for the next four years of their lives. If you are going on a visit, either off...