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Why Do Swimmers Do That? Specific Swimmer Habits Explained

There’s probably been several times where you’ve asked yourself “why are swimmers doing that?” I know that I’ve heard my family and even random people out in restaurants asking questions about the things swimmers do at the pool. So let’s clear some things up! Why wear goggles under the swim cap? Eve...

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7 Familiar Reasons Why Swimmers Leave the Sport

Swimmers are renowned for their dedication to their sport. We train long hours at ridiculous times and spend all day at meets only to spend a few minutes actually racing in the pool. However, all swimmers reach a point in their careers when they question why they're still doing it. Although many rel...

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Coaches Reveal the Funniest Excuses They Have Ever Heard

You'd be lying if you said you've never racked your brain to come up with any--and I mean any--excuse to get out of going to practice. "I'm sick." Chances are you've already used that one...more times than you'd like to admit. "I'm too tired." True, but that one won't get you out of anything. "My sh...

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Swimming for Dummies: Stop Asking us These 6 Questions

We've all been there. You strike up a conversation with someone and they ask what sport you play. Jokingly, you respond that you "play" swimming. Before you know it, you are bombarded with a number of well-intentioned questions and statements. It makes your head spin how much people don't understand...

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5 Things You Must Do If You Want to Fail at Swimming

Wayne Goldsmith There's a lot of swimming articles about how to be successful: bet you've never read one that will tell you 5 Things You Must Do If You Want to Fail at Swimming. There must be a lot of swimmers who prefer to fail than to succeed.....because in every squad, in every city, in every nat...

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How One American Club Safely Returned to the Pool

Commentary: How One American Club Safely Returned to the Pool Today was a memorable day.  A giant reset button for swimmers at the Phoenix Swim Club in Arizona, USA and perhaps a model for those around the world.  The club conducted swim practices after getting permission from government and school ...

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Pick Your Mentality: Are You the Love to Win or Hate to Lose Type?

Love to Win or Hate to Lose? The most successful swimmers are driven by something more than just their passion for the sport. The thrill of getting your hand to the wall first encompasses so much more than the place number illuminated next to your lane on the scoreboard. The simple question of “Do y...

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Is Swimming a Team or Individual Sport?

Is Swimming a Team or Individual Sport? When asking the question "is swimming an individual or team sport?" the answer can vary wildly. Though progress is made individually, and you can swim in your own lane, there comes a point in every swimmer’s career when they swim for something more than themse...

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6 Swim Parent Stereotypes That Can Hinder a Swimmer's Success

Swimmers and coaches alike know that it takes several factors to help a swimmer be successful and achieve his/her goals. One crucial factor that may be a given but under-addressed is the parental role in a swimmer’s achievement. While the swim parent and coach can make a great support team, they als...

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The Coachable Swimmer: 5 Mindsets That Should Be Embraced

As swimmers, we can be quick to jump for quick fixes. We know that we can adjust a flip-turn here, tweak a breath there, and throw in a few extra dolphin kicks off of our start—and that could shave off a full second off of even the shortest of races. However, we are not always eager to reach for the...

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5 Tips for Handling the Stress and Frustration of a Difficult Time

Coronavirus - Dealing With Stress “I’m hanging in there.” That is a typical go-to answer when anyone asks how another is feeling, how they are juggling everything going on, or how they are handling life. That answer can be a front, when the truth is the individual is feeling overwhelmed and stressed...

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5 Water Safety Tips to Know for This Summer and Beyond

As more pools, beaches and lakes open with proper protocols in place amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it is important that all individuals who use the water do so safely. This summer, families will hopefully pack up their towels and floaties and coolers to head out to the beach or the pool for a fun day ...

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3 Signs Of a Bad Coach

By Wayne Goldsmith. It's easy to spot a good coach - energy, passion, enthusiasm, dedication, connection with their swimmers, knowledge...and it's just as easy to identify terrible coaches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcT93A_6s4E&t=7s So how do you identify terrible coaches? Terrible coaches "Te...

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3 Thoughts to Keep in Mind During Tough Times Like These

These past two months have been difficult, to say the least. The world has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, with hundreds of thousands of lives lost around the world. Meanwhile, financial strains have hit families and the normalcy of life has been disturbed, including at-home schooling becomi...

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5 Difficult Decisions Swimmers Will Be Expected to Make

Decisions, Decisions! By Jennifer Yoo, Swimming World College Intern. Life is full of difficult decisions. There is an inexplicable pressure to make the right one, and each decision determines a different outcome that ultimately leads to even more choices. However, whether the choice was right or wr...