Courtesy: Jukka Shemeikka, Head of Aquatics on the Olympic Coaching Middle Rovaniemi, Finland.
As part of its Analysis, Improvement and Innovation (RDI), the Olympic Coaching Middle Rovaniemi is working a aggressive swimming improvement program referred to as ‘Fashionable Dryland Coaching’. This arose from the easy goal of making higher options for dryland coaching for swimmers and coaches globally. Alongside the way in which, the main focus has shifted to an even bigger image of getting synergy between dryland coaching and pool coaching.
Welcome to an article collection protecting the final 4 years of our work on swimming improvement. You at the moment are studying half three of the 4D swimming article collection. On this article, I’ll undergo future plans for the 4D swimming analysis undertaking. If that is your first time studying concerning the 4D swimming undertaking, I extremely beneficial that you just learn the primary two elements earlier than beginning this one.
This text collection lined the opening section of the 4D swimming analysis undertaking, which studied the coordination results on propelling effectivity and swimming financial system in entrance crawl swimming. The outcomes actually opened our eyes and steered our analysis in a brand new course. The analysis findings gave us broader perception for future analysis phases.
The primary section taught the broader that means of kicking as a part of efficiency. The principle takeaway from section one was how totally different coordination teams make the most of the legs. When you focus solely on kicking laborious, it’s potential that you’ll fail to grasp quick swimming. Much more info is required to totally perceive coordination, however it’s potential that swimming can take massive steps in improvement as we study extra.
Entrance Crawl Section II
In section two we are going to research coordination results on propulsion and drag in entrance crawl swimming. The purpose is to determine totally different coordination teams and evaluate the variations in propulsion and drag in between the swimmers inside a sure group and in between teams. For this analysis section we are going to collect 4 totally different teams ranging from age 13, with the minimal group dimension being 5 swimmers.
COVID-19 pandemic affected everybody and every little thing all over the world. We additionally wanted to regulate our technique to have the ability to proceed our work. To make sure the continuation of our work, we acted rapidly and determined so as to add our analysis functionality on the Olympic Coaching Middle. We should always attain full functionality to begin section two in Rovaniemi on the finish of the yr, or initially of 2021 the most recent. The calm scenario with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, our personal pool facility and testing swimmers one after the other permits us to proceed working safely.
In Might, we examined a brand new protocol that appears to work for our functions. The brand new protocol makes the testing sooner, but it surely additionally makes it potential to assemble subject expertise with high-performance athletes and their coaches all over the world. We additionally outlined the third section of the entrance crawl, during which we are going to research the consequences of bodily exertion on swimmers in several coordination teams.
Different Strokes and distances
Though we now have our eyes set on section two of entrance crawl, we now have progressed with backstroke improvement and are prepared to begin analysis on it as effectively. Primarily based on the progress made, I consider folks will discover the analysis phases of backstroke very attention-grabbing. I consider that swimmers will be capable to determine extra simply with the outcomes of backstroke.
It is going to be thrilling to see the outcomes. Will we see comparable outcomes on backstroke as we now have seen in entrance crawl? Regardless that there are similarities with lengthy axis strokes, the coordination is reverse in backstroke in comparison with entrance crawl. As for entrance crawl, we search for 4-point connection from reverse facet leg and arm, in backstroke we search for it from similar facet leg and arm. Discovering that connection makes a giant distinction for the swimmer. As certainly one of our OTC staff swimmers stated: “As I discovered the connection it modified the sensation of the stroke. Earlier I felt like somebody was pushing me from my shoulders and now it seems like somebody is pushing me from the hips. It additionally makes my kick simpler.”
We do have a number of work forward, however that doesn’t cease us from planning for the long run and advancing to short-axis strokes and ultimately to dash swimming. It’s widely known how essential timing is in brief axis strokes, however we need to discover out if we now have understood the supply of timing appropriately. Extra on this later, but when our speculation is appropriate, it’ll add extra depth into butterfly and breaststroke evaluation.
Do some folks have the flexibility to swim sooner than others? That may be a risk and one that we are going to research in section two. Nonetheless, no matter analysis findings, the issues that make folks profitable are dedication and laborious work. You may’t exchange that. The aim of our analysis is to not place sure swimmers to a pedestal, however to supply swimmers and their coaches with a possibility to raised perceive physique coordination and the consequences of coordination higher, to assist attain new ranges in efficiency.
In coaching, we’ve centered on making tougher swim units, striving for higher situation, kicking sooner and doing extra quantity. Generally it seems like we now have forgotten to take heed to our our bodies. We’re simply getting began, however I can’t assist to marvel if expertise is simply the sright items fitted into one equation. Learning and understanding extra about coordination, it’s improvement and the probabilities to have an effect on it might decide the way forward for swimming improvement.
In discussions with varied folks all over the world concerning the outcomes of the primary section, one thought got here up many occasions. It was how attention-grabbing it could be to review the event of coordination throughout the learn-to-swim age. Having two analysis packages facet by facet would actually give us a risk to grasp the event of excessive efficiency.
Olympic Coaching Middle Rovaniemi is likely one of the six Olympic Coaching Facilities in Finland. Along with a various community of Universities, sports activities federations and associations, analysis institutes and different consultants, we’re in a position to supply a large degree of schooling in a number of fields of sports activities and well-being in addition to in several sports activities.
Santasport Swimming is a rising worldwide improvement and analysis program for swimming. Our purpose is that within the subsequent 4 years we are going to run analysis on each study to swim and high- efficiency swimming utilizing our earlier expertise. Via our analysis work, we hope to supply new insights on swimming improvement.