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Science of Swimming Faster

Science of Swimming Faster

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    In a sport where victory is often determined by a fraction of a second, it’s obvious why one of the most sought-after secrets is how to swim faster. However, as the world’s most renowned coaches, athletes, trainers, and researchers know, there is no secret—just science.

    Science of Swimming Faster is a remarkable achievement—one that embraces, explains, and applies the latest science and research that has and continues to set new performance benchmarks in the sport. It is a one-of-a-kind resource:

    • An easily understood repository of swimming research

    • Insights distilled from great sport and exercise scientists, coaches, and swimmers

    • A do-it-right reference for a host of techniques and tactics

    • The most credible and widely used training principles and programs

    • An analysis identifying key factors contributing to elite and world-record swimming performance

    • An insider’s access to the strategies for training, tapering, fueling, recovery, and mental preparation being used with some of the world’s most successful swimmers.

    With editors Scott Riewald and Scott Rodeo and a who’s-who list of international experts on the sport, Science of Swimming Faster offers you an unprecedented wealth of advanced yet accessible information on excelling in the sport.


    Advanced-level competitive swimmers, serious fitness swimmers, triathletes, and coaches ranging from age-group to Olympic levels. Secondary audiences would include strength and conditioning coaches and medical professionals who work with swimmers as well as researchers who are interested in the latest swimming science.

    Part I Swimming Mechanics and Technique

    Chapter 1 Fluid Dynamics, Propulsion, and Drag

    Timothy Wei, Russell Mark, and Sean Hutchison

    Chapter 2 Freestyle Technique

    Ross H. Sanders and Carla B. McCabe

    Chapter 3 Backstroke Technique

    Russell Mark

    Chapter 4 Breaststroke Technique

    Russell Mark

    Chapter 5 Butterfly Technique

    Ross H. Sanders and Carla B. McCabe

    Chapter 6 Techniques for Starts and Turns

    Andrew Lyttle and Brian Blanksby

    Chapter 7 Analyzing Strokes Using Computational Fluid Dynamics

    Matt Keys, Andrew Lyttle, Brian Blanksby, Liang Cheng, and Koji Honda

    Part II Physiological Aspects of Training and Competition

    Chapter 8 Energy Systems and Physiology

    J.M. Stager, Jonathon Stickford, and Kirk Grand

    Chapter 9 Periodization and Planning

    Scott Riewald

    Chapter 10 The Impact of Tapering on Performance

    Inigo Mujika and Andrew M. Stewart

    Chapter 11 Competition Day Strategies

    Scott Riewald

    Chapter 12 Analyzing Elite Swimming Performances

    Jodi Cossor

    Chapter 13 Overtraining and Recovery

    Randall L. Wilber

    Part III Applied Sport Sciences

    Chapter 14 Nutrition: Fueling for Performance

    Charlene Boudreau

    Chapter 15 Performance Enhancers and Doping Control

    Jennifer L. Reed and Andrew L. Pipe

    Chapter 16 Swimming Psychology: Merging Mind and Body

    James Bauman

    Chapter 17 Growth and Development

    Rebecca Battista

    Chapter 18 Sports Medicine: Swimming Injuries and Their Prevention

    Courtney Dawson and Scott A. Rodeo

    Chapter 19 Sports Medicine: Illnesses and General Health

    Margo Mountjoy

    Chapter 20 Strength and Conditioning for Performance Enhancement

    Scott Riewald

    Part IV Considerations for Special Groups

    Chapter 21 Adolescent Swimmers

    Morgan Anderson and Jordan D. Metzl

    Chapter 22 Masters Swimmers

    James W. Miller

    Chapter 23 Female Swimmers

    Jaci L. VanHeest

    Chapter 24 Open Water Swimmers

    Steve Munatones

    Chapter 25 Adaptive Swimmers

    Brendan Burkett

    Scott Riewald, PhD, is the U.S. Olympic Committee’s winter sport high-performance director. He works closely with eight winter sport national governing bodies to coordinate sport science and medical services for their athletes. He has served as the biomechanics director for USA Swimming at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In this role, he was part of an international biomechanics research team at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and provided education and services to many of the nation's top swimmers. He has given presentations to athletes and coaches about using science to positively affect performance. Riewald has also been involved in cutting-edge research in evaluating new technologies and swim performance, and he has worked as the biomechanics director for the United States Tennis Association in Key Biscayne, Florida.

    As an undergraduate at Boston University, Riewald was a competitive swimmer and still holds several school and conference records. He was named a GTE Academic All-American his senior year and was later inducted into BU's Athletic Hall of Fame. After earning an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, he competed in triathlons and coached a masters swimming team. He earned his MS and PhD in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University. Riewald is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a certified personal trainer. He is coauthor of Complete Conditioning for Swimming (Human Kinetics, 2008).

    Riewald and his wife, Suzie, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with their two children, Maddox and Callie.

    Scott Rodeo, MD, is a clinician-scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where he also serves as co-chief of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service. His specialty includes treating sport injuries to the knee, shoulder, ankle, and elbow. He also is a professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Rodeo holds a board position at Asphalt Green in Manhattan, where he helps promote injury prevention and healthy living through exercise. He served as team physician for the 2004, 2008, and 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming teams and the New York Giants football team. He has been involved with USA Swimming, serving as a chair of their Sports Medicine and Science Committee. Rodeo is also a former competitive swimmer and provides medical support for local swimming programs.