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Old 02-23-2012
wolfefamily6 wolfefamily6 is offline
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I need to hear stories from high school competitive swimmers that have dropped time using TI - are you out there? My 17 year old son has been grinding out yards for 4 years, works very hard - is getting frustrated and injured - shoulder and knee. Times: 50 Free (short course yards) 23.25, 200 free (scy) 1.57.02, 100 free (scy) 51.04, 100 fly 1.00.76. Is there hope? THANKS
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I need to hear stories from high school competitive swimmers that have dropped time using TI - are you out there? My 17 year old son has been grinding out yards for 4 years, works very hard - is getting frustrated and injured - shoulder and knee. Times: 50 Free (short course yards) 23.25, 200 free (scy) 1.57.02, 100 free (scy) 51.04, 100 fly 1.00.76. Is there hope? THANKS
Coach David Cameron runs a huge YWCA program with plenty of fast kids going to fast colleges...it's all TI based. You may consider contacting him offline as well (distancedave.com)

Your son needs someone who understands both technique and competitive age group swimming. Jeanne Zappe is another TI coach workign wiht a Y team in eastern PA. I know there are several otehrs as well.
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Old 02-23-2012
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It sounds like your son is already at a high level of swimming competence.

Adopting some TI mindfulness and a kaizen approach to his training may help him in a number of ways.

Start at the beginning and get him to ask himself why he swims and how long he intends to keep swimming?

Next analyse how much of his training time is spent doing things he can already do compared to narrowly focusing on new opportunities in his stroke.

I am guessing that improvements at his level will come from working carefully on tiny details mentally and physically, not from trying to get even stronger or fitter.

For example working diligently to extend his stroke length by a mere 1cm will make a 1-1.5% improvement on his time but these gains aren't going to come from the intensive sessions common in age group swimming training?

Its very hard for young athletes to put faith in the mindful approach.

I wish you both well with your swimming
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