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The Serape Effect and Swimming


One common theme in sports is returning to past lessons, like the serape effect and swimming.  

Sometimes innovation takes us to uncharted territory, while other times it brings back to where we had been.  Although recently popularized by Vern Gambetta, The Serape Effect was first noted in the 1960’s in a kinesiology text by Logan and McKinney.

The Serape Effect for swimming is commonly discussed in and around the pool, but often without the formal terminology.   Essentially, the Serape Effect describes the functional anatomical interrelationship between the upper and lower limbs: the left arm is tied to right leg, while the right arm is tied to the left leg.  When we frame the limbs in this interrelationship, the torso acts as a “relay center” to transmit “messages” from the outer limbs. 
To read the complete post, please visit HERE at Swimming Science.  


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