Coaching

Perfectionism and the Athlete

Recently, Alison Bowen wrote an excellent article for the Chicago Tribune entitled, " The overachieving generation: As millennials strive for perfection, anxiety and depression increase". It's a great read - you can find it here. While it starts off talking about a therapist, who as a boy quit the swim team due to  his own… Continue reading Perfectionism and the Athlete

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It’s All About the Training Progression Path

If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know that I have a real concern about training young swimmers too hard. I absolutely understand the temptation to get a really fast young swimmer in your squad. And in many cases, that fast young swimmer may be a coach's job assurance. But the danger to… Continue reading It’s All About the Training Progression Path

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Nightmare Championships: Circulating Pool Currents and Outside Lanes

Every once in a while we hear about circulating pool currents, and how that they created unfair racing conditions.  The latest problem that I've heard of is the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre in Windsor, Ontario - host to the 2018 Eastern Canadian Swimming Championships in April, 2018. Because I like stats, I decided… Continue reading Nightmare Championships: Circulating Pool Currents and Outside Lanes

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The Complicated Issues Involving Weed and Swimming

I have to admit, my thinking on the subject of legalizing weed has done a complete reversal over the last few years. I was initially and emphatically against the legalization of weed for one very simple reason. I was worried that teenagers would equate legalization with safety. However, as I learned more about the societal… Continue reading The Complicated Issues Involving Weed and Swimming

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The Flop Turn: Just As Fast and Lochte-Rule Legal

I've been hearing a lot of discontent lately from coaches about how swimmers are getting disqualified in the freestyle legs of IMs and Medley Relays due to the "Lochte Rule".  I understand their frustration as many, many, many coaches only know the traditional flip turn.  But there are alternative! This rule got its name when… Continue reading The Flop Turn: Just As Fast and Lochte-Rule Legal