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All The Swimming Terms You Need To Know

All The Swimming Terms You Need To Know

This podcast episode explains all the swimming terms you are likely to come across at your local pool and swimming club.
Proper Pull in Breaststroke

Proper Pull in Breaststroke

Diving into how to achieve a proper pull in your breaststroke.
How To Swim Freestyle

How To Swim Freestyle

Top Tips with Olympic Swimmer Stephanie Rice for swimming freestyle with more ease, power and fantastic technique Freestyle is the fastest stroke and the easiest to maintain lap after lap, compared to the other strokes, so its really important you master the technique. So try out these tips to really help you make a few small changes that will lead​ to a much easier and smoother freestyle.
Things you should know before working out

Things you should know before working out

Some top tips on what to do before you work out, helping you maximise your exercise.
How To Swim Backstroke

How To Swim Backstroke

Top Tips from Olympic Swimmer Stephanie Rice for swimming backstroke with fantastic technique and more ease. So many people find it hard to stay afloat in backstroke because they have their head too high, almost looking at their feet. The key is to make sure your eyes are looking right up to the sky so that you are nice and flat in the water. So try out these tips to help you swim backstroke with much more ease!
How To Swim Butterfly

How To Swim Butterfly

Top Tips from Olympic Swimmer Stephanie Rice for swimming butterfly with fantastic technique and ease. So many people find butterfly REALLY HARD, so try out these tips to make it faster and easier. Butterfly should be comfortable when its done with correct technique and TIMING ... that's the key... efficiency and power!
How To Do a Tumble Turn

How To Do a Tumble Turn

Top Tips with Olympic Swimmer Stephanie Rice in her step-by-step guide to mastering the tumble turn, or as some people call it, a flip turn. She has been teaching these for years and has noticed that some clients find it pretty overwhelming at the start, which is why she has broken this video up into stages. Don't move to the next stage until you have comfortably mastered the previous stage. Also, don't be concerned if you get some water up your nose on the first few tries...that's normal. Just make sure you are blocking your nose or blowing air out your nose as your turn.
Dara Torres

Dara Torres

The City of Malibu Library Speaker Series featured Dara Torres, author of the best-sellers "Age is Just a Number" and "Gold Medal Fitness," on 16 March 2016. Arguably then fastest female swimmer in America. Dara spoke about what it takes to be a world champion, staying graceful in defeat, and staying fit into the fifties. She has competed in five Olympic games and has won 12 Olympic medals.
Process over Outcomes

Process over Outcomes

n this episode, Allistair McCaw explains why focusing on the process is far more important, and in the long term more rewarding, than being fixed on outcomes and results.
"What It takes" with Bob Bowman

"What It takes" with Bob Bowman

In this episode of the "What It takes" podcast, Allistair McCaw gets to chat with Bob Bowman, the longtime coach of the most decorated Olympian of all time, American swimmer Michael Phelps. Bob shares his philosophy and insights into what it takes to be a champion. A must listen!
New Technological Possibilities for Swimming Research and Monitoring Training

New Technological Possibilities for Swimming Research and Monitoring Training

Keynote presentation by Bjørn Olstad at the icSPORTS, 7th International Conference on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support (20 Sep 2019 in Vienna, Austria). Swimming is one of the most popular sports in the world and research is growing. The swimming environment is harsh and challenging to sustain, providing technological limitations for research and the daily monitoring of training performance. However new technologies become more and more advanced and available for providing applied research in the aquatic environment. Technological possibilities are also increasing with the claims of helping swimmers and coaches in their daily work with the promise of improving performance and preventing injuries. This presentation centres around five new technological possibilities for swimming research and the daily monitoring of training. 1) race analysis with automatic movement recognition for identifying and improving performance determining factors, 2) a portable winch system for generating load-velocity profiles, anaerobic and strength testing, and passive drag, 3) optical heart rate for monitoring training intensity, 4) inertial measurement units for daily monitoring stroke kinematics, and 5) electromyographic enhancements for identifying muscular activation patterns, fatigue and correspondence to technique/drill exercises.
Ruth Davidson talks to Katherine Grainger at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Ruth Davidson talks to Katherine Grainger at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

They say you should write about what you know – advice Ruth Davidson followed when she embarked on Yes She Can, a treatise on the power of inspirational women. Davidson made her Book Festival debut, discussing the women who inspired her new book with Dame Katherine Grainger, current chair of UK Sport and Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete. This event was filmed live at the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Karen Leach's Story

Karen Leach's Story

2013 NSPCC interview with Karen Leach, a safe sport advocate, an ambassador for VOICE (Voices for Truth and Dignity Combatting Sexual Violence in European Sport through the Voices of Those Affected), and an accredited psychotherapist and counsellor, trained in Family Systems and Choice Theory. As a child, Leach was recognised as a talented swimmer with strong aspirations and a realistic chance of representing Ireland at the Olympic Games. Between the ages of 10 and 17, she spent endless hours in the swimming pool. During this time, she was routinely abused by her coach. Since the publication of her story in the book Deep Deception: Ireland’s Swimming Scandals, Leach has been speaking out across Europe and advocating on behalf of children and young people. She is working to create a greater level of awareness and encourage safer spaces for children and young people in sport, working regularly with national and international organisations, in both advisory and public speaking capacities.
Adult-Child Touch in Sport

Adult-Child Touch in Sport

Presentation by Dr Melanie Lang (Edge Hill University) published in 2015. Dr Lang is one of nine academics from across the social science, sport, health and education departments who are founding members of the new Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport at Edge Hill. The Centre is at the forefront of research on the prevention of all forms of abuse, exploitation and maltreatment in sport.
Child feeding research at Loughborough University

Child feeding research at Loughborough University

Drs Emma Haycraft and Gemma Witcomb are psychologists in Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, with specific interest in eating and feeding behaviours in infants and children. Here they describe two practical applications of their research: the Child Feeding Guide https://www.childfeedingguide.co.uk and the Feeding Your Baby guide https://babyfeeding.lboro.ac.uk
Team Bath 2019 Student Sports

Team Bath 2019 Student Sports

The University of Bath is proud of its student sports offer. Find out more at https://www.teambath.com/student
Pre & Post Pool Advanced

Pre & Post Pool Advanced

We understand that not all clubs have the time or space to have designated pre pool and post pool sessions. However the vast majority of the exercises required to undertake a pre pool and pool session don't require equipment (or very little) and don't often need lots of space. Two short videos show you some useful exercises that can be completed before and after training sessions. The first video showed the 'essentials', if you only have very limited time and space. This video is an 'advanced' set of exercises that take 10-15 minutes to complete. We firmly believe that doing something is better than nothing, therefore even if you only can find five minutes before and after this session, this will help reduce injury risk, improve your session performance and recovery and allow you to remain flexibile as you grow and develop. If you have any questions at all please contact Performance Hertfordshire, who put these videos together for Swim England East egion, via performanceherts@herts.ac.uk or their Regional Swimming Talent Officer via kevin.pickard@swimming.org
Pre & Post Pool Essentials

Pre & Post Pool Essentials

We understand that not all clubs have the time or space to have designated pre pool and post pool sessions. However the vast majority of the exercises required to undertake a pre pool and pool session don't require equipment (or very little) and don't often need lots of space. Two short videos show you some useful exercises that can be completed before and after training sessions. This video shows the 'essentials', if you only have very limited time and space. The second is an 'advanced' set of exercises that take 10-15 minutes to complete. We firmly believe that doing something is better than nothing, therefore even if you only can find five minutes before and after this session, this will help reduce injury risk, improve your session performance and recovery and allow you to remain flexibile as you grow and develop. If you have any questions at all please contact Performance Hertfordshire, who put these videos together for Swim England East Region, via performanceherts@herts.ac.uk or their Regional Swimming Talent Officer via kevin.pickard@swimming.org
Patrick Miley - Breaststroke Technique

Patrick Miley - Breaststroke Technique

Patrick Miley shared a wealth of knowledge of knowledge with us at the BSCA Conference 2011 conference For more information about the BSCA, visit https://www.gbswimcoaches.co.uk
Stuart Armstrong - SPARC Skill Acquisition Symposium

Stuart Armstrong - SPARC Skill Acquisition Symposium

Stuart Armstrong, from Sport England presented "Coaching in an active nation: an ecological approach to transforming coach education and development" during the SPARC Skill Acquisition research symposium held at Sheffield Hallam University on 11 September 2019.
National Games Development Conference 2019

National Games Development Conference 2019

Richard Cheetham MBE is Senior Fellow in Sports Coaching and has been at the University of Winchester since 2005, following three years spent teaching and coaching in New Zealand. He has gained recognition nationally and internationally within coach education. How do you coach how you coach?
What makes a good coaching session?

What makes a good coaching session?

ConnectedCoaches Content Champion and Senior Fellow in Sports Coaching at the University of Winchester Richard Cheetham MBE talks about what makes a good coaching session. He was the 2018 UK Coaching Coach Developer of the year. Using one of his students’ gymnastics coaching sessions on how to perform a dive roll, he emphasises the importance of: • establishing the learning outcomes • creating a positive coaching environment • being creative in your sessions • making the sessions engaging, active and enjoyable • reflecting on what you have learnt. Whatever sport you coach, and whether you are new or experienced, think about how you can incorporate these techniques into your coaching. To read the supporting blog post ‘What makes a good coaching session?’ visit https://bit.ly/2Nkx9pN
Eddie Reese

Eddie Reese

Life lessons, coaching philosophy, advice and an dinner speech from US Olympic coach and Head Coach of University of Texas since 1978, Eddie Reese
Lewis Pugh: North Pole Endurance Swimmer with a Driving Purpose, Part 2

Lewis Pugh: North Pole Endurance Swimmer with a Driving Purpose, Part 2

Lewis Pugh is an endurance, ice water swimmer and the United Nations Patron of the Oceans. Most people would never consider a dive into the black, icy waters of the Antarctic, but Lewis Pugh is driven by a purpose that is bigger than himself and his own comfort. The endurance swimmer is on a mission to bring awareness to and save the oceans of the world. In Part II of his exclusive interview with Kelly Palace and Maria Parker, Pugh shares some of his successes so far and overcoming low points on the journey.
Lewis Pugh: North Pole Endurance Swimmer with a Driving Purpose, Part I

Lewis Pugh: North Pole Endurance Swimmer with a Driving Purpose, Part I

Lewis Pugh is an endurance, ice water swimmer and the United Nations Patron of the Oceans. How does he dive in at such places as the North Pole and complete endurance swims in below-freezing water temperatures? He says he is motivated by his "driving purpose,” which is saving our oceans. His two part interview with Kelly Palace and Maria Parker is guaranteed to inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and find your own purpose.
How Coaches Learn

How Coaches Learn

Wayne Goldsmith had the honour of opening speaker at the 2019 Swim Ireland Performance Coaching Conference in Dublin. And that got him thinking about how coaches learn and here is his advice when attending conferences.
Jane Asher

Jane Asher

Jane Asher began swimming competitively when she was a teacher nearly half a century ago to inspire the children in her class. This Dec 2018 video by creative agency TwelfthMan features Jane at age 85 - so dominant in the pool that she has lost track of the world records she holds and the medals she has won. Her feats continue to inspire today.
Bob Bowman Talks Inevitable Success, ASU, Mentors & More

Bob Bowman Talks Inevitable Success, ASU, Mentors & More

Bob Bowman is the renowned coach of the greatest swimmer and Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps. Together this dynamic duo earned an unprecedented 28 Olympic Medals, 23 of them gold. Bowman was also the head coach of Team USA’s men’s Olympic Team in 2016 and since 2015 Coach Bowman has been the head men’s and women’s swim coach at Arizona State University (ASU). Bowman believes that the process is what sets one up for inevitable success. In this lively interview Coach Bowman talks with podcast hosts Kelly Palace and Maria Parker and shares some of his own routines for success and talks ASU culture and the five pillars he’s using for creating an environment for success. You may be surprised to learn that Bob himself is swimming again for the first time in 30 years, believes in “going with the flow”, appreciates those coaches that have mentored him and the creativity in coaching. Takeaways from Kelly: 1 - When you have someone as dedicated to success as you are, you can form a partnership where big success is inevitable. 2 - Take the time to just be in the present moment during overwhelming times. For Maria: 1 - The environment you are in - the people, the preparation and more - can all lead to inevitable success. 2 - Growth, learning and improvement are lifelong goals and don’t go away when success is reached.
Is sport welcoming to all or does it depend on who you are?

Is sport welcoming to all or does it depend on who you are?

Sport Resolutions Annual Conference 2019 took place on 2 May at the Grange St. Paul's Hotel in London. In session 3 Jason Mohammad and a panel consisting Andrew Smith, Kate Richardson-Walsh OBE, Femina Makkar, Viv Anderson MBE and Keegan Hirst discuss racism and homophobia in sport.
Community Asset Fund

Community Asset Fund

Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back. Sport England's Community Asset Fund is a programme dedicated to enhancing the spaces in your local community that give people the opportunity to be active.
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