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Old 09-21-2014
roundApplePie roundApplePie is offline
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Default Flutter kicks ankle rotation problem

I just learned how to swim freestyle a month back, while I was managed to mastered the stroke, my coach told me that there is a problem with my flutter kicks.

When I tried to kick just below the water while keeping my body streamlined, my feet tend to move sideways instead on up and down. It only happens when I tried to kick fast, but is slightly better when I slow down my kick or kick deeper in the water.

Does anyone encounter this kind of problem before, or is it just me?
p.s. I'm knock kneed and I did practice ankle flexibility by sitting on my ankles 2-3 times a week.
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Old 09-25-2014
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Hm, maybe active ankle exercises can help?

Found these:
http://www.goswim.tv/entries/3959/dr...exercises.html
http://www.physioadvisor.com.au/8047...ercises-ph.htm
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Old 09-26-2014
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When I tried to kick just below the water while keeping my body streamlined, my feet tend to move sideways instead on up and down. It only happens when I tried to kick fast, but is slightly better when I slow down my kick or kick deeper in the water.
If your body is rotating properly about the axis of your spine as you swim, your kick should feel partly sideways instead of up and down.

Be aware that the principle thing your kick does in freestyle is to counterbalance the rotation of your core body.


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Old 09-27-2014
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TI doesn't require a fast flutter kick. It uses a 2 beat kick instead only (mainly) to cause body roll from 1 side to the other. You "could" go to the deep end and learn to tread water without using your arms as practice for kicking.
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Old 09-29-2014
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I'm not an advocate of "ankle sitting" to stretch the ankles...they are the way the are for a reason, and ankle sitting puts a lot of static stress on the joint & ligaments.

Have you tried any vertical kicking with a noodle wrapped under your arms?
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