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Teaching athletes how to set goals

Whether it is improving our financial status, starting a family or winning a title, goals are what motivate us to get to where we want to be. Our job as coaches is to help athletes achieve success, and it starts with goal setting. Lenny Wiersma, a sport psychology professor,...

source: By Kevin Chester
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There's an argument to be made, at least for the average competitive swimmer, that the beach (or lake, or river) may not be superior to the chlorinated confine where you spend every waking minute of your life. Here are seven reasons why the pool beats the beach.

source: USA Swimming

When Tyler Clary won gold in the 200-meter backstroke in the 2012 Olympics with an incredible time of 1:53.41, he beat Japan's Ryosuke Irie by just .37 of a second, making his margin for error virtually non-existent. Everything he did...

source: STACK

A mental skill that can improve your mind-body awareness, sharpen your focus and attention to the present moment, and give you an on-the-spot calming effect is Progressive Muscle Relaxation. Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) was developed by Edmund Jacobson in the 1920s,...

source: Flo Swimming

For those still hoping, Michael Phelps did recently say there was a one or two percent chance he would come back, according to Entertainment Weekly. "Very minimal," Phelps said after a laugh, according to the magazine. "I wanted to retire on my own terms and never have a...

source: NBC Sports

The lights glow in sequence, almost rhythmic as they cycle through. Blinking red flashes and then a steady red accompany the "on the block" command. Blue illuminates to tell swimmers to "take their mark." Green means go —...

source: USA Today

If you want to get ahead in synchronized swimming it pays to be able to multitask. Described as "ballet in water," the strength and flexibility required to deliver routines that can be up to five minutes long might look effortless...

source: CNN

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