Swimmers use performance-scientists in order to be the best competitors they can be. This means (in addition to working with an excellent technical coach) they aim to maximise their possible number of training days, enhance the quality of training and competition and develop their emotional skills to increase the chance of them being able to produce their best performance when it counts the most.
Swimmers enhance their week’s work with their coach by accessing a range of service in sports-medicine (provided by a doctor, physiotherapist and soft-tissue therapist), strength and conditioning (including acrobatic preparation), psychology, nutrition, biomechanics and performance lifestyle.
Strength and Conditioning
Historically competitive swimmers have trained to improve swim performance by swimming frequently, for long durations at various intensities. Recently elite swimmers have looked outside the pool for training methods which may offer additional benefits to performance beyond those which can be gained from swimming alone.
Physiotherapy within elite sport is increasingly changing focus away from an Injury management focus to a more performance enhancement focus. Indeed within Swimming as with many sports, the very things we aim to improve to help treat injuries are also the things that help enhance physical performance capability.
Performance nutrition is important to help your immune system, help adaptations to training and help your performance on a competition day. Focusing on the Quality and Quantityof the food you eat is key!