Swimming is composed of many different strokes, one of them being the front crawl, also known as the freestyle. This stroke is very simple and good for swimmers that are just starting. The leg kick requires a simple flutter kick while the legs are going in an interchanging order. The knees are a little bent with the feet and ankles loosened. In order to have a good forward momentum, the swimmer should highlight the down-kick more. While using the changing windmill motion between right and left arm, the hands should be cupped with relaxed wrists and hands. Another key fact for the arm stroke is the pulling arms underwater should be in an “S” pattern and the arms must pull the water with equal power and arm reach. This will guarantee the swimmer that they’re going in a straight line. For the body positioning, the freestyle requires the swimmer to twist on the long-axis, from the head down to the toe, of the body. Therefore the front crawl is known as a long-axis stroke. One important thing to remember with long-axis strokes is the swimmer must have the hips and legs aligned and so they don’t sink. Another important fact is to r...
Swimming by definition is “to move along in water by means of movements of the body or parts of the body, especially the arms and legs, or (in the case of fish) tail and fins” (Swimming). The sport of swimming has a long history, from the beginning with the Egyptians and Hittites, through the competitive athletes of this century. While the history of competitive swimming is more in depth and has more information about it, the ancient history has a more solid background (MLA 7th Edition).
prominent in the swimming world for a long time but especially so after the death of the North
At the age of 16 I began looking into competitive swimming techniques, teaching myself each stroke and repeating them; wanting to be better than just a doggy paddle and a deep breath underwater. My junior year of high school, I
At 5 A.M., swimmers around the world get up to go to practice or are already jumping into the pool. Later on that day, swimmers will get into the water again and practice for another couple of hours. In addition to that, there are always weights and some sort of dry land activity. Some teams even include yoga and Pilates for added flexibility. Having a social life beyond seeing the people on your swim team is near impossible. With school work, high physical demands at practice, having to eat almost every three hours, and trying to maintain a normal life, the weeks are exhausting. It is no wonder why the NCAA has set a maximum number of hours to train each week in regards to college swimming. All of these factors play into the hopes that when a swimmer tapers, or rests for a meet so that they are in top condition to compete, they will be able to swim faster than they ever have before and hopefully achieve a best time or get a new “cut”. The same process has been happening year after year, and then 2008 came around and one of the biggest headaches for the swimmers and all of their supporters was created: the LZR ( pronounced lasar) Racer. This suit has been one of the largest controversies swimming has had to face. In swimming, technology, technique, and conditioning are key to success, but when technology becomes the main factor, the sport of swimming is lost in the turmoil. If suits keep becoming faster and more technologically advanced, the only thing left to do will be to jump into the pool, and where is the sport in that? All suits manufactured with a non-permeable material should be banned from all competitive swimming events; in addition to that, the suits should not be longer than the knees, no higher than the waist for men,...
“I’ve often wondered what it would be like if we taught young people swimming the same way we teach sexuality. If we told them that swimming was an important adult activity one they will all have to be skilled at when they grow up, but we never talked with them about it. We never showed them the pool . . . but when they asked a question about how swimming felt or what it was about, they would be greeted with blank or embarrassed looks . . . Miraculously, some might learn to tread water, but many would drown” (11).
Many people believe that swimming and cross country are two different types of sports, but in fact they are both similar in many ways. When they would compete in large teams or trusting each other, knowing that there will be a teammate beside cheering them on, letting them know that they have the full support of the whole team. With the many similarities that swimming and cross country have they also have many differences as well. These differences make the sport exciting in their own way, and define what it means to be a swimmer or a runner. With the differences and the similarities that each sport has there is a certain respect that each of the athletes have for one another, and in order for them to get to where they're at today, both of the athlete had to undergo vigorous training that would be impossible for any normal person.
The beginning of the modern Olympics started about one hundred and sixteen years ago. The first Olympic was held in Athens, Greece. It differed by far because only thirteen countries participated in it, and the total number of athletes was three hundred and eleven (Gettings). The Olympics were the small sporting event at that time. The original proposer of the Olympic, Pierre de Coubertin, a French educator and historian, and a founder of the International Committee, conceived that sports are necessary for French young people t...
Mayes, Randall. “The Modern Olympics & Post-Modern Athletics: A Clash in Values.” The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law Volume 10 (2010): 8-9. Web. 8 February 2011. .
Dr. Sherman, PhD, is an exercise physiologist who works with the college athletes; he has presented many topics that are associated with competitive swimming. The most essential parts to excelling in any competitive sport are training, practice, and nutrition.