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Pain Avoidance and Movement Implications

One frequently overlooked injury component is fear of movement (kinesiophobia).  We often treat and exercise the mechanical structures, but overcoming fear (whether conscious or unconscious).  Pain signals a threat, so it’s only logical that pain perception is linked to fear of movement.  People have been conditioned to expect that adding more pain through aggressive treatments, but they often forget about reeducating the brain to move appropriately. 

Immune System and Swimmers

Certain periods seem to bring a higher than normal incidence of illness: holidays and training camps are common sick periods, but early fall is another sick time.  Stress levels escalate as school resumes, schedules get more frantic, and kids gather into a petri dish of germs, all of which challenge the immune system for swimmers.  School incubated illness can afflict adults as well, especially in our highly mobile society. 

Mastering the Basics: HOW versus WHAT

The HOW is more important than WHAT.  

Execute the basics perfectly.  

People always crave novelty, yet they often need to simply get better at what they're already doing or simply cut away excess from their current program.  The program might look like a new one with the excess cut away, but subtracting is often more important than adding.  

Russian Kettlebell Challenge (RKC) Review: Part II

“We’ve been smart enough to be naïve enough to not know what we can’t accomplish.”

-Kevin Plank, founder and CEO of Under Armour

Part I if you missed it.