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Excerpt — Developing Swimmers

Create speed--and maintain it--with the breaststroke

Of all the competitive strokes, breaststroke provides the most variety among world- and national-class swimmers, though over the past several years the trend has been moving away from lifting the shoulders and head high out of the water and toward a flatter, more forward stroke.

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Goals are important, coaches can help achieve them

Elite athletes are goal-setting machines, and the habit of continual goal setting is a primary reason they climb the ladder to the elite level. An important part of creating an environment of excellence is encouraging continual goal setting.

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Flip turns can make swimmers faster

Freestyle and backstroke are the two variations of flip turns. Done correctly, they speed up a swimmer while allowing a brief respite from swimming, thus explaining why short-course times are faster than long-course times for the same events.

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