Athletic development specialists dedicated to the art and science of excellence in movement


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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

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.


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. 

Ankles and Swimming: Part IV

The final installment of our Ankles and Swimming series is posted at Swimming Science.  In this post we address ankle function in dry land exercises and during the wall contact phase of turns. 

Below are links to the entire series.  Look for us to address other aspects of the kick in coming weeks!

Ankles and Swimming: Part III

Part III of our four part series on the ankles in swimming is now posted at Swimming Science.  In this post we cover the role of the ankles in starts and turns and offer strategies to improve ankle performance in these areas.  Enjoy!

Part I

Ankle Mobility in Swimming: Part II

Part II of our series on ankle mobility in swimming is now live.  Please go HERE for the full post at Swimming Science.  In this post, we offer corrective strategies targeting all four strokes.  Next week we'll address the role of the ankles in starts, turns, and in dryland conditioning.  Enjoy!

Ankle Mobility and Swimming: Part I

Visit the Swimming Science blog for my recent post on ankle mobility and swimming.  This post is the first in what will be a multipart series on the ankle.  The ankle is one of the least understood joints in the body in swimming, but is vitally important.