Secondly, it’s important to acknowledge that swimming is a highly technical task. The trick is to find some still water to be able to ‘grip hold of’ and lever body forward. The process of motor learning means that for a skill to be ingrained as a motor programme, it requires repeated ‘mindful practice’. High volume training may therefore be beneficial, but only if the emphasis is on technique, rather than physiological adaptations (that’s not to say that the twin objectives cannot be combined).
Finally, I am not sure that the 3rd argument is ever a particularly valid one. The elements that combine to make a champion are manifold.’ programme may be perfect for Michael Phelps. What we need to do then is determine what is best for our own athletes. This should not preclude us from taking certain principles from those that have achieved great things though; I just think it means that we shouldn’t COPY everything that Phelps does (particularly his diet!).
So there you go, my thoughts on coaching a sport that I’m not particularly great at performing but the famous quote goes, “you don’t need to have been a horse in order to become a jockey”.
'Til next week,
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