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Notes from 2011 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Arizona State Clinic: Day 2

Only one session on Day 2, but there was so much good information flowing that the program ran more than an hour long.  One of the unique things about this conference was that each presentation complemented the others.   

Thoracic Mobility and Body Undulation in Swimming

This week's look at the traits of elite swimmers takes us to the thoracic spine and its role in the body undulation of butterfly, breaststroke, and underwater dolphin kicking.  Please go HERE for the full post at Swimming Science

Notes from 2011 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Arizona State Clinic: Day 1, Session 2

Please go HERE for Day 1, Session 1

Keynote speaker...Dr. Gabriele Wulf: External Focus of Attention Enhances Movement Performance and Efficiency

Notes from 2011 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Arizona State Clinic: Day 1, Session 1

On October 22-23 I was fortunate to attend the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Arizona State Clinic.  Major kudos to Nick Winkelman and all those who helped put together the program.  Below is a transcription of notes that I took from the weekend.  Look for the next two installments in the coming days. 

Training Hip Rotation in Breaststroke

This week's post on training hip rotation in breaststroke is now posted as Swimming Science.   Please click HERE to see the full document.

Previously we have looked at the ankles and knees in exploring physical traits that separate the best swimmers from the rest of the swimming population.  Look for us to move up the body in the coming weeks.


Research Review: "Survey of Injuries in Seattle Area Levels 4 to 10 Female Club Gymnasts."

The last several weeks have been quite a whirlwind in the USA Gymnastics community with the National Team losing several members before Worlds yet ultimately pulling through with a Gold medal.  While the injuries to the likes of Sacramone, Memmel, Bross, Caquatto, and Li have focused attention on health and safety of our elites, the grass roots level (which all elites must pass through) has its own share of injury issues.  Fortunately, the lower levels have not eluded the eye of the research community. 

Hip Rotation and Breaststroke

Continuing with our series on the physical characteristics of elite swimmers, this week we have addressed hip internal and external rotation in breaststrokers.  Previously we looked at ankle mobility and knee hyperextension.  Please visit this week's post at HERE at Swimming Science

Training Knee Hyperextension in Swimming

Earlier this week at Swimming Science we addressed strategies to train knee extension for kicking.  This post was a follow up to post last week asking the question whether knee hyperextension is trainable.  Please visit HERE for this week's post.  Look for us to expand on the theme of elite swimmers' movement traits and ways that others can improve these specific areas.