Wednesday, September 30, 2009

New Study Shows Freshman College Swimmers Suffer Most Injuries

shoulder wrap ice swimmer

A study described on Yahoo! News, found via @aquaticsintl, talks about injury patterns and prevention strategies in college swimmers. The study, by researchers at the University of Iowa and published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, presents and analyzes injury data from 44 male and 50 female collegiate swimmers from 2002-2007.

The results? Not surprising, swimmers had more injuries in the shoulder/upper arm area. Interestingly, non-freestyle stroke specialists had more problems. Overall freshmen suffered the most injuries, as well as the highest average number of injuries per swimmer.

The article suggests that swimmers transitioning into college might not have enough experience with cross training or weight training, leading to more injuries in freshmen. It was also noted that “38 percent of injuries were the result of team activities outside of practice or competition” (source).

I remember doing a lot of cross training, especially at the beginning of my freshman year. We did a “Hike for Health,” a “Run for Fun,” some “Track Fever,” along with stadium steps, and frisbee golf. I rolled my ankle running through the woods, and pulled my back doing a track start for the 100m dash. I guess I’m in no short supply of anecdotal evidence to support the findings of the described study.

More on shoulder injuries: Healing Swimmer’s Shoulder by Staying In The Water.

How to wrap an ice pack onto your shoulder: The official Sports Medicine International guide to a Shoulder Spica.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

World Record Holder Kukors Signs with TYR Through 2013

ariana kukors

I’m getting news straight to my email now! This is a lot easier than digging through Twitter pyramid schemes to find relevant news content. Thanks to Kim at TYR for the announcement re-posted below:

TYR is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with Ariana Kukors, the 2009 World Championship gold medalist and world record holder in the 200m Individual Medley out of Orange County, Ca.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

ASA U. Giving Varsity Swimmers Opportunities After Programs Cut

AUSTIN, TX – September 28, 2009 – The American Swimming Association University League is kicking off the school-year with four new teams: NC State, Davidson College, Rutgers, and the University of Rhode Island. Rutgers and Rhode Island formed student-run swim clubs after their varsity programs were eliminated. ASA U. provides swimmers at those institutions with an alternative avenue to compete for their schools.

James Madison University, which also saw its men’s varsity program eliminated, competed in last year’s National Championships for the first time. Former varsity swimmer Ethan Sherman said of the experience: “The cut of the program really hurt me personally. I had devoted my entire high school life to swimming and loved it. I looked at other schools initially after discovering my team was to be cut at the end of my freshmen year.” After competing for JMU at ASA U. Nationals, Sherman remarked, “it ended up being the best meet of my life and the 200 free relay victory over University of Florida by .01 of a second is the new highlight of my swimming career,” He also noted that he has decided to keep swimming as a direct result of his participation in ASA U.

ASA U. was founded in 2003, in response to the elimination of varsity swimming teams across the United States. Some of its clubs are former varsity teams that have been cut from their Universities

Thursday, September 24, 2009

In Brief…

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Swim advice, tips, “Joeisms” and other half truths Swimmer Joe’s Blog
> Lifeguard tackles suspected purse thief TCPalm
> Masters Swimmers Hope Suit Issue Settled Soon Reach For The Wall
> Van Den Hoogheband ambassador for Laureus World Sports Academy
> Universal Sports Spotlight: Tania Cagnotto Universal Sports
> Bigger Dives, More Rituals And Superstitions I Heart Diving
> Masters Swimmers Take on the NYC Pro Swim
> How to Turn Disappointment into Positive Outlook Garrett Weber-Gale

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Chocolate Milk Named Official Beverage Of Ohio High School Sports



Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bus Carrying High School Swim Team Lands In Pond

high school swim team bus in pond

A bus carrying 18 members of the Rockwall Heath High School swim team, their coach and a driver ended up in the shallow edge of a pond after going off a road in the Dallas area. (source)

Found via, six swimmers and the driver were taken to the hospital for observation but no one seems to be seriously injured. Watch the Associated Press coverage on YouTube.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Italian Swimming Movie Trailer

Giulia non esce la sera

I found this trailer for the Italian movie Giulia non esce la sera (Julia does not go out at night) on after I saw that they had linked to my previous post: 7 Things To Do With Your Old Speedsuit

Starring Valeria Golino, the movie is about a swimming instructor Julia who is “on probation and compromised with the world” (Google Translate). She gets involved with a man. “They will meet at the edge of a swimming pool: he wants to learn to swim, she does not want to sink in life.”

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Canadian Swimming Uses Neurology Feedback In Coaching Tactics

ethics of neuroscience

The article The ethics of neuroscience in sport, on, provides some new information on the ways athletes use advances in neuroscience to their advantage.

Specifically, the article mentions the prevalent use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to observe the human brain in action. Since the 1990′s fMRI’s have observed the brain under almost all conceivable conditions. Ok, this is an exaggeration, but fMRI’s are commonly used in research. They produce an animation of brain activity rather than just a snapshot of the soft tissue itself. By correlatinig these activations with moods and emotions, reserachers have some basic understanding of what activity in different parts of the brain means.

Stanford-trained neurologist, Dr. Judy Illes, says that fMRI’s are becoming more common in sports research too – and the Canadian swim team was quick to take advantage of this development. Here is an excerpt from the article that talks about the Canadian swim team’s use of fMRI:

“Hap Davis, the team

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Garrett Weber-Gale Getting His Feet Wet As Career Foodie

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Image credit Angela Peterson for

An article by the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel Online titled Looking beyond swimming career, Olympian Weber-Gale has 5-year plan for fame in food talks about Garrett’s training in the kitchen on his road to becoming a foodie icon.

With the passion of an Olympic athlete, Garrett has already been training hard, and taking risks – spending weeks in an Italian kitchen, and already making appearances in episodes of Wisconsin Foodie.

garrett weber-gale athletic foodie

The photos from show Garrett on the set filming 13 one-minute episodes of “Athletic Foodies” which will begin airing Oct. 13 on WDJT-TV.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Natalie Coughlin’s New Website, Star Status Approved

natalie coughlin

Natalie Coughlin, swimming star and cast member of Dancing With The Stars season 9, just launched her new website (found via The Swim Channel on Facebook). Now that she’s officially a star (and a dancer apparently) she has a new homepage to get the word out about her latest projects and promotions.

Not that she really needs it, because swim bloggers (like me) have been more than happy to help promote Natalie. More famous swimmers = more swimmers = growing our sport!

Keep up with Natalie:
Official Website:
Facebook: Natalie Coughlin
Twitter: @NatalieCoughlin

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