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Psychology and Swimming Science

Sport psychology and motivation tools for swimmers, their parents and swim coaches, and a look at the scientific approach to the aquatic sports.
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How Do I Keep My Teenage Son Motivated to Swim
A parent of a 13-year old swimmer wants some ideas on how to keep a swimmer motivated when he is not as fast as the other swimmers.

Hypnosis to Improve Your Swimming - Hypnotherapy at Home CD
The swimming hypnosis CD cd arrived in the mail. I got home, put it in the cd player and sat down on the couch. The hypnotist started talking. I woke up about one hour later. How can I review this swimming hypnotherapy CD? I can't remember more than the first few minutes. I have tried 11 times over three weeks. But maybe that's the point of the...

Motivation and The Place for Music in Swimming
If you have ever been to a swim meet, you have seen it – swimmers sitting in a corner, lying on the floor, walking around or even in the ready room with their earphones on and music pumping. In my own experiences as a swimmer, I have found it to do so many things, depending on what I wanted it to do.

A Brief Look at Self-Hypnosis for Swimmers
Through hypnosis we can control a physical pain, perform better in our works, in sport and change our attitudes to exams, tests and job interviews. We can eliminate fears, worries, anxieties, stress, cope better with an illness, setbacks, negative emotions, limiting beliefs, habits, negative memories, experiences, and become a much more confident and successful person.

Swimmers, If You Fight the Water, You Lose
Work with the water, don't fight it,and you will have a better swim workout.

About Swimming and Music
Guest Author Brendon Dedekind relates some of his experiences with using music to help performance.

About Swimming Interview with John Naber on Motivation
How did John Naber become one of the best swimmers in the world? Luck? Great coaching? Genetic Gifts? Hard work? I believe the biggest factor was his outlook - his personality and mental skills - in short, his attitude.

About Visualization in Sports
Visualization is used by many to gain that very slim margin of athletic victory. Here are a few tips from About.com's Sports Medicine Guide.

Aquaphobia, or Fear of the Water
A fear of water. A non resourceful state, negative feeling, an unwanted reaction, a pattern of behaviour experienced by an individual, which prevents the swimmer from learning a water skill or freely entering a mass-volume water environment such as a swimming pool, sea, lake, ocean, or river.

Breathing to Relax - any swimmer can do it
Singers, yoga teachers, many athletes, and others know a secret about breathing. Here is a way swimmers can use breathing to help relax anywhere, including before swim practice or a big swimming race.

Faster Swimming Words
Swimmers, can saying a few words to yourself while you are in the ocean or swimming pool make a difference in how you swim? Can what you think or say to yourself while you swim in a race change what happens? Swimmers could benefit - and swim faster - by applying a little sports psychology.

Olympic Swimmer John Naber on Motivation
Olympic Swimmer, Media Personality, and speaker John Naber talks about swimming motivation for swimmers. At the Montreal Olympics in 1976, the USA men's team had one of the greatest single team performances of all times. One of the noteworthy swimmers on that team was backstroker/freestyler John Naber, with four Gold and one Silver medal. He was the most decorated USA ATHLETE at the games.

Self-talk to Faster Swimming
How many of us talk to ourselves? I mean before, during, or after we swim - I know I do, and I'm sure most everyone else does as well. What we say makes a huge difference in how we perform. Negative words can crush a performance; positive words can result in a swimmer doing what they may have previously thought impossible.

Six Great Reasons To Swim Today
How to best improve your swim? The answer is simple (and diabolic). Swim more. I have come up with a few simple motivational techniques to get me in the pool that I will be happy to share with you. (Roman Mica/Everyman Triathlon)

Hydrophobia - Strategies to Overcoming Aquatic Phobias - Hydrophobia
SOAP (Strategies to Overcoming Aquatic Phobias) and Water for those afraid to go near or in water offers dry-land counseling and teaches strategies to overcome aquatic phobias for all ages in a compassionate and friendly atmosphere.

Swimming in the Zone
Success in any area of performance involves using your mind as well as your body. Your mental approach to what you are doing includes your belief, attitude, confidence in yourself and your team, your ability to concentrate well, cope with mistakes and pressure, and so on. When your body and mind are working together, actions flow with a kind of...

Swimming with a Purpose
Most swimmers want something from their efforts. You might want to set a new personal best, or finish an event that you see as a challenge. Or even enter that first swim meet. If you do not want something out of your training, then what are you doing it for?

Ten Ways for the Swim Parent to Sabotage Their Child's Swimming Career
After thirty-three full years of observation, it has occurred to me that some parents must internally delight in the idea of sabotaging their child's swim career. They must for some perverse reason WANT to do this, since they work so incredibly hard at it and are so remarkably successful. Hereafter, my top ten list of means and methods - and more seriously, some clear examples on positive alternatives. (John Leonard, ASCA)

The Joy of Swimming
There is a special moment when I first get in the water and push off the wall that I use to get myself to the swimming pool. It feels just like flying. I’m completely submerged, weightless gliding through the silky water. The only sound is that of the bubbles as they rush past my ears. The outside world is completely gone. It is just me, my own...

The Swimmer is on the Starting Block - Swimming Pre-event Race Routines
Focus… what is this thing so many swimmers do as they prepare for a swimming race? We have all heard the saying that sport is 80% mental and 20% physical. Olympian Brendon Dedekind shares some of his mental training or sports psycholgy tips from his swimming career.

Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) Condition: Exercise-stress Induced
Whether the cause of VCD condition (vocal cord dysfunction) is physiological or psychosomatic, these techniques can help with this condition. There are at least three ways to look at these methods or techniques.

Does Swimming Build Muscle?

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