Swimming World Presents Technique Misconceptions “A Feel for the Water”

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Technique Misconceptions – Top Swimmers Have a “Feel for the Water”

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.

Probably one of the oldest and most enduring misconceptions about swimming technique is that the fastest swimmers have a “feel for the water.” While fast swimmers typically exhibit impressive technique elements, it is questionable that they are aware of any precise and definable feeling that produces their speed. In fact, some “feelings” (or perceptions) may limit their speed.

In 1968, James E. “Doc” Counsilman described feel for the water as a “nebulous quality” of great swimmers, but provided no real definition. Since then, the application of both mechanical principles and research findings has identified numerous cues that specify the exact orientation of  body parts that any swimmers can actually “feel” to improve.

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.

To learn more about whether or not top swimmers have a “feel for the water,” check out the August 2017 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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FEATURES

018 POWERHOUSE OF POSITIVITY
by Annie Grevers
Junior Morgan Tankersley of Plant High School (Tampa, Fla.) finished the 2016- 17 high school season as the top-ranked female swimmer in the 200 and 500 yard freestyles and third in the 100, and was named Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year. Perhaps even more special is that she uses her star power to inspire and encourage those around her.

021 TALENT RUNS DEEP
by Annie Grevers
This year’s runners-up for Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year honors all had equally impressive performances during the 2016-17 season.

023 GREAT EXPECTATIONS
by David Rieder
Reece Whitley, Swimming World’s 2016-17 Male High School Swimmer of the Year (two No. 1 rankings in the 100 breast and 200 IM with a national record in the 100 breast) just completed his junior year at William Penn Charter High School (Pa.). He seems to have all the tools necessary to be a transcendent talent in swimming.

026 IN THE HUNT
by David Rieder
Reece Whitley may have been the clear choice for Swimming World’s Male High School Swimmer of the Year, but the four runners-up also turned in a few No. 1 times of their own.

028 TOP HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITS
by Cathleen Pruden
The high school Class of 2017 boasts several top recruits who should make an impact with their new teams at the college level.

030 ISHOF EXHIBITS: POSEIDON… MORE THAN A TROPHY
by Chuck Warner
The bronze sculpture of the rugged face of Poseidon—Greek god of the sea—that stands at the entrance to the International Swimming Hall of Fame is quite likely swimming’s most spectacular “trophy.

032 MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH KATRINA KONOPKA
by Annie Grevers

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: ERNIE MAGLISCHO
by Michael J. Stott

013 KICKING
by Michael J. Scott
This is the fourth of a multi-part series on “trained behaviors” in swimming—actions that can be executed under pressure and in unusual circumstances. This month’s article focuses on kicking.

016 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: TOP SWIMMERS HAVE A “FEEL FOR THE WATER”
by Rob Havriluk

034 SPECIAL SETS: RETURNING TO THE POOL
by Michael J. Stott
Coaches Allison Beebe (high-performance coach, Santa Clara Swim Club) and John Smithson (assistant coach, Quest Swimming) share their philosophy on how to train their swimmers following the summer break.

036 TRAINING OUTSIDE THE BOX
by Michael J. Stott

When it comes to training, there are respected coaches and athletes who are able to think outside the box. And when they do, the swimming world takes notice. What follows is a sampling of divergent training methods used over the years.

041 Q&A WITH COACH PAUL SILVER
by Michael J. Stott

042 HOW THEY TRAIN ZACH BROWN & MADISON HOMOVICH
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

045 DRYSIDE TRAINING: THE IM STROKE SERIES—BACKSTROKE
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

038 GOLDMINDS: HOW TO DEVELOP A WINNING MINDSET
by Wayne Goldsmith

046 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
047 GUTTER TALK
048 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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