EbookNever before has one book taken such a comprehensive look at the evolution, science, and coaching application of competitive swimming. In Breakthrough Swimming, legendary swimming coach and researcher Cecil Colwin provides a rich perspective on the development of the sport and explains major advances in stroke mechanics, training methods, and racing techniques.
Accompanied by richly detailed illustrations, this engaging text is one of the most insightful written works on the sport. It makes clear sense out of the scientific principles and puts into context the historical changes in the sport. Not only will you gain a greater understanding of competitive swimming through its origins and evolution, but you’ll also gain these valuable skills:
- Improve your stroke technique, starts, and turns.
- Improve your feel of the water by learning to anticipate and effectively manipulate the reacting flow of the water.
- Understand the hydrodynamics of swimming and learn how water reacts to the forces you apply with each swimming stroke.
- Improve your conditioning and develop a better training program by understanding the principles of training.
- Learn how to design different types of workouts to produce specific physiological effects.
- Learn how to plan a seasonal program and how to relate your training to the pace of the race you intend to swim.
Breakthrough Swimming covers every aspect of competitive swimming from its spawning ground in early 19th-century England to the present day, including the profound changes that occurred in the last decade of the 20th century. The book also explains the societal changes of recent years, such as the advent of professional swimming and the specter of performance-enhancing drugs.
Combining history with the latest innovations, Breakthrough Swimming is the definitive work on the past, present, and future of competitive swimming.
Table of ContentsPart I Development of Stroke Fundamentals
Chapter 1: History of the Swimming Strokes
Chapter 2: Breakthroughs in Stroke Techniques
Chapter 3: Strokes, Starts, and Turns
Part II Movement Through Water
Chapter 4: Understanding Hydrodynamics
Chapter 5: Propulsive Mechanisms of Speed Swimming
Chapter 6: Coaching a Feel for the Water
Part III Advances in Training
Chapter 7: Progression of Training Methods
Chapter 8: Principles of Modern Training
Chapter 9: Training Applications of New Research
Chapter 10: Development of a Training Program
Part IV Past, Present, and Future of the Sport
Chapter 11: Evolution of Competitive Swimming
Chapter 12: Doping, Testing, and Modern Efforts to Gain an Edge
Chapter 13: Looking Back, Looking Ahead
Appendix: A 400-Year Bibliography of the Historical Development of the Swimming Strokes
References and Recommended Readings
About the Author
"What a marvelous undertaking! Readers can use as much or as little of the information as one would want; those just beginning their careers can gain enough relevant data to get started on a correct course, while seasoned coaches and swimmers will certainly be challenged by the book’s in-depth information.”
Paul Bergen-- Member of the International Hall of Fame, Has coached 10 swimmers to 22 world records
"In Breakthrough Swimming, Cecil Colwin has called upon all of his years of experience as a coach, teacher, historian, scientific analyst, writer and iconoclast to create a brilliant, comprehensive and eminently readable work of art. Colwin's unique insights make this book an absolute must-read for every serious swimmer, coach, and lover of the sport.
Breakthrough Swimming has reconfirmed Colwin as the dean of the world's swimming scholars.”
Phillip Whitten-- Editor-in-Chief Sports Publications, Inc.
"Cecil Colwin continues his major contributions to the thought processes of swimming in a fascinating book that gives meaning and relevance to a mountain of information ."
John Leonard-- Executive Director, American Swimming Coaches' Association, Editor, American Swimming Magazine
"Like Counsilman's The Science of Swimming, Colwin's Breakthrough Swimming serves as a comprehensive technical manual on competitive strokes and training, and is certain to stimulate creative thinking on the part of novice and veteran coaches alike."
Murray Stephens-- Director, North Baltimore Aquatic Club, USA Olympic Coach