Swimming Technique Misconceptions: Swim Through The Pain

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Swimming Technique Misconceptions: Swim Through The Pain

Many people believe that it is worth copying the technique of the fastest swimmers. In reality, even the fastest swimmers have technique limitations, but they offset them with strength and conditioning. The purpose of this series of articles is to address scientifically the technique misconceptions that have become “conventional wisdom,” and to present options that are more effective.

This month’s Swimming Technique Misconception centers around the misconception that it is necessary to “swim through the pain” in order to maximize an individual’s performance. Dr. Havriluk goes into detail about how swimming through the pain of conditioning can have negative effects on a swimmer’s technique, and could lead to injury down the road.

Dr. Rod Havriluk is a sports scientist and consultant who specializes in swimming technique instruction and analysis. His unique strategies provide rapid improvement while avoiding injury. Learn more at the STR website, or contact Rod through info@swimmingtechnology.com.

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FEATURES:
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016 TEXAS EVEN TOUGHER
by David Rieder
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020 GEORGIA ON OUR MIND
by David Rieder
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024 TIME FOR DEFENSE
by Jason Marsteller
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men’s champion!

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030 A TOWER OF STRENGTH
by Annie Grevers
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COACHING
010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: EDDIE REESE
by Michael J. Stott

012 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: SWIM THROUGH THE PAIN
by Rod Havriluk
A common misconception is that it is necessary to “swim through the pain” to maximize performance. Typically, the source of the pain is the shoulder, and the cause is either from the demands of conditioning or from injury. Swimming through pain from conditioning can have a negative effect on technique. Swimming through pain caused by injury is almost guaranteed to have a negative effect on technique, as well as make the injury even worse.

026 RELAY STRATEGIES: GETTING IT DONE
by Michael J. Stott
There’s so much more to winning a relay than just swimming fast. Decisions made before the race play an important role in giving a team the best opportunity to perform their best.

047 Q&A WITH COACH MIKE BOTTOM
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048 HOW THEY TRAIN CONNOR JAEGER & ALI DeLOOF
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING
029 DRYSIDE TRAINING: TRX WORKOUT
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER
053 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS
008 A VOICE FOR THE
038 2016 SWIM CAMP DIRECTORY
054 GUTTER TALK
056 PARTING SHOT

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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