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Old 08-07-2009
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All the replies have given me much to think about. I think the pain is definitely something to do with excessive rotation and this is exacerbated by the wet suit. After a session in the pool recently, I realised that if I shifted my attention away from the kick and focussed on my hips instead when rotating, the movement felt more integrated, the kick was less vigorous and there was less of a twisting motion, which I think is causing the pain. I've got an OW session in the morning so I'll try it out there.
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Old 08-08-2009
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Lower back pain hardly present this morning after OW swim. I concentrated on wider arm tracks, a more gentle kick (2 beat) and tried to move the focus away from my legs and more on my hips. I think all this reduced my (over) rotation (particularly when wearing wet suit) which I think was causing the back pain.

However, with regard to rotation, I'm still not sure what is too much. For instance if you look at this SeaHiker video, the guy seems to rotate to quite a steep angle. What do people think.....?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rddHPTCt_8U

Thanks
Jon
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Old 08-09-2009
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Adam, by 'arching your back', do you mean the back is bended UP (the middle is higher than two ends viz. head and feet) or DOWN (middle lower)? Sorry if this is a laughable question!
I mean that the middle is lower
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I mean that the middle is lower
Thanks, Adam. I think that is what I sometimes do, trying to extend the body as much as possible and float like a "boat", which, indeed, caused lower back ache.
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