Breakthrough swimming by Cecil Colwin

By Cecil Colwin

''In step forward Swimming, swimming trainer and historian Cecil Colwin describes how aggressive swimmers of the fashionable period - equivalent to swimming giants Ian Thorpe and furnish Hackett - observe cutting edge education equipment and stroke innovations to set new criteria of functionality. All 4 strokes in addition to starts off and turns are offered in thorough element in Colwin's easy-to-grasp educational style.''--BOOK JACKET.

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What should be the timing of one arm in relation to the other? 7. What should be the timing of the legs in relation to the arms? 8. When and how should inhalation and exhalation of air be timed into the rhythm of the stroke cycle? Thanks to trial and error and research in biomechanics, we can now answer these questions with far greater certainty. During the first 30 years of the 20th century, a synthesis of crawl stroke fundamentals gradually emerged, the process greatly aided by coaches Louis de B.

They would surface for a breath, then off they would go on their underwater journey. History of the Swimming Strokes 29 In February 1957, in response to this development, the FINA International Swimming Technical Committee (ISTC) recommended to Congress that no underwater swimming be allowed in breaststroke and butterfly events. Breaststroke was then legislated to surface swimming with only one underwater pull and one kick allowed after the pushoff from the wall at the turn and an underwater glide allowed after the starting dive (Colwin 1998).

13 The American crawl, the beginning of stroke analysis. From Sullivan 1928, p. 42. the rhythm of two major beats combined with four minor beats that was practiced by the other early exponents of the American crawl. ) In Search of a Breathing Technique Coaches realized the need to improve the efficiency of the crawl to enable its use for longer distances. The ability to breathe easily and regularly was the big problem. Cecil Healy, one of the great early Australian swimmers, developed the idea of turning the face sideways out of the water to inhale before returning it to the center position to exhale underwater.

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