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.
The book includes a chapter contributed by Dr. David Pyne, sport physiologist to the 2000 Australian Olympic swimming team. Pyne covers the physiology of modern swimming training and the preparation of swimming teams for top-flight international competition.
Breakthrough Swimmingcovers 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 Swimmingis the definitive work on the past, present, and future of competitive swimming.
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History of the Swimming Stroke
Breakthroughs in Stroke Techniques
Strokes Statrts and Turns
Movement Through Water
Propulsive Mechanisms of Speed Swimming
Coaching the Feel of the Water
Advances in Training
Progression of Training Methods
Principles of IVIodern Training
Physiological Research and Applications
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