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Q&A- Returning From A Break

Question- I’m just getting back into it after a break. What’s the most important thing I can do to ensure an effective transition back to the water.


Stay healthy!


Injury is the number one obstacle to long-term improvement.


If you can’t train, you can’t improve!


What’s the most common time for an injury to occur?


Athletes are most likely to get injured upon returning to training.


Enthusiasm is always high which leads to too much, too soon.


This is potentially more important in swimming because you never use your shoulders during daily life like you do in the water.


If you take any sort of break, be careful coming back.


Solutions


Control intensity- start SLOWER than you think you should.


Control volume- do LESS than you think you should.


Progress slowly- limit how much more you will do on a week-to-week basis to ensure you go slowly.


Listen to warning signs- if something gets cranky, adjust!


Practice your air management skills- it’s a low stress way that will create a GREAT foundation for swimming progress.



This is a BIG win-win.


You can make a lot of progress on your skills while simultaneously staying healthy.


Hope that helps!

If you have questions about anything related to improving your swimming, shoot them my way.


Whenever you're ready, there are 2 ways I can help you take your swimming to the next level:


1. If you’re looking for do-it-yourself solutions to improve your swimming, check out my resources Freestyle Made Simple and Addressing Adult-Onset Swimming.

2. If you want a more personalized learning experience, we can work together to analyze your stroke or develop a technical training plan.


Exit the Water…


Andrew

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