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Periodization and Swimming

At Swimming Science this week we discuss the concept of periodization.  This concept can apply to all disciplines, so have a read even if you aren't a swimmer!

For many years, Olympic sports like swimming, rowing, and track & field have been the ultimate field laboratory for testing periodization theories.  Unlike team sports where each game is very different and quantifying individual output is difficult (though becoming more commonplace thanks to technology), in swimming there’s nothing but the swimmer and the clock.  Likewise, because output is more easily regulated in swimming, swimmers more so than team sport athletes can specifically plan toward goal events. Understanding these similarities and differences between sports is important to reconcile seemingly conflicting approaches to planning and periodization, as many coaches and scientists tout their own periodization scheme as superior to all others without considering the needs of a particular situation.  For the complete post, please go HERE.


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