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Old 06-22-2012
Alex-SG Alex-SG is offline
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Ideally we would all like to have a straight back/ spinal cord which makes a perfect axis of rotation to support our TI stroke.
A straight back leads to a symmetrical stroke, a head that stays still and a good streamlined position.

What are the consequences of having a "S" shaped back?
I personally have a slightly curved back and an arched lower back.

Some of my stroke problems include a head that moves from side-to-side and "tail wagging".

Are these the result of the "curved axis of rotation"?
Can someone with a curved back possibly rotate correctly and not waste energy and add drag by side-to-side movement?

Thanks. ALEX
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Old 06-22-2012
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We all have an S-shaped back, just the extend varies. I try to keep my lower back long and straight otherwise I will get back-pain.
But if you look at Ian Thorpe e.g. he has a clear s-shaped back with head up, the spearing arm points upwards, and he still easily rotates from left to right. You can keep the S-shape solid as it is and rotate it, it doesn't necessarily gives a 'tail wagging', I think.

Some solace: Ian Thorpe Freestyle
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Old 06-22-2012
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I think tail wagging or fish tailing is usually caused by crossover in front. A sideways curve in the spine may aggravate the problem, though. Suzanne?
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Old 06-23-2012
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Something that also contributes is CORE muscles endurance.

I used to run out of gaz because of lack of air... lately the problem is muscular endurance. My arms tire and my core has difficulty keeping the hips up over a longer distance than 50-100m.

When the hips drop, this tail getting is probably amplified.
@RICHARD, you are right, it would be interesting to get Coach Suzanne's medical opinion on the S-Shaped back effect on a normal "TI Rotation-driven" stroke. ALEX
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