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  • Technique and Training

The Right and Wrong Time to Have High Elbows on Freestyle

The term “high elbow” has been used over and over again by coaches, but they’ve sometimes focused on the wrong time swimmers should have high elbows. I’ve been guilty of this. It’s time to move beyond this concept. Let&r...

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  • Health and Nutrition

Four Easy Tips for Fueling Without Overdoing It

Here are four easy pieces of advice for proper fueling.

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  • Technique and Training

Watch Out for These Trouble Areas in Your Breaststroke and Butterfly

The double-arm recoveries of breaststroke and butterfly produce built-in gaps in arm propulsion, and the breaststroke kick features a nonpropulsive recovery phase. Our challenge is to ensure that no additional dead spots sneak into these st...

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  • Coaches Only

Use These Vocal Techniques to Become a Better Coach

Tremendous technical knowledge of swimming’s stroke subtleties has no value if you can’t effectively pass it on to our swimmers. Therefore, communication is the cornerstone of the coaching craft.

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  • Technique and Training

Why You Need a Pair of Fingertip Paddles

Many swimmers, especially the seasoned ones, have been taught that the best way to get better at swimming is to just swim. Although that’s essentially true, I think we can all agree that swimming is one of the most complex sports on the planet ...

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  • Technique and Training

Five Mental Tricks to Overcome Fatigue

Here are some suggestions for using your mind to regain good technique when your muscles are screaming in agony.

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  • About USMS

USMS Elects At-Large Directors and Honors Members at 2018 Annual Meeting

U.S. Masters Swimming has concluded its 2018 annual meeting during the United States Aquatic Sports Convention in Jacksonville, Fla. In addition to committee meetings and rules and legislation reviews, USMS held at-large director elections and honore...

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  • Events

U.S. Masters Swimming to Celebrate Historic Anniversary in San Antonio

The 2020 U.S. Masters Swimming Spring National Championship will be April 23-26 in San Antonio, Texas, taking USMS back to the state where it began for its 50th anniversary, the organization announced at its annual meeting this week in Jacksonville, ...

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  • Triathlon

Learning How to Kick So You Don’t Have To

The goal of this article is to teach you that you must learn how to kick, so you know how not to.