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Excerpts — Science of Swimming Faster

Dive starts

The benefits of an effective start in competitive swimming cannot be underestimated. Evidence from race analyses conducted at major international competitions demonstrates significant correlations between faster start times and race times.

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Race day preparation

Competition day is the day that every swimmer trains for. Although many swimmers and coaches place a tremendous amount of focus on what happens on race day, the hay is largely already in the barn, so to speak, and the meet is just where everything comes together to produce the ultimate performance.

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Mental toughness or mental pliability?

To begin this section, let’s first challenge some of the terminology that has been used in the field of sport psychology and offer a different perspective on the much-overused concept of mental toughness.

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Competitive racing - open water

Many open water swimmers train individually, but they race in competitions where they’ll be in the water with dozens, if not hundreds, of other athletes.

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Competitive racing – open water

Many open water swimmers train individually, but they race in competitions where they’ll be in the water with dozens, if not hundreds, of other athletes.

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