Coach Connection Newsletter #5 - 2/2/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #5 - 2/2/18

 | Monday, February 5, 2018

TYR Pro Swim Series Updates

January 30, 2018

Updates for the TYR Pro Swim Series in Atlanta, Mesa and Indy regarding the start times of the distance events on Sunday morning. For Atlanta and Mesa the start time will stay at 8 am but heats will be swum slowest to fastest. For Indy the start time will be at 9am with the heats being swum slowest to fastest. 

In addition C and D finals will be offered in Mesa2017 Highlight Video Now Available Online!

*Please use the corrected link below to access our 2017 highlight videos- our apologies for the change. *

USA Swimming is pleased to distribute our annual highlight video, Inside the Lane Lines, which includes footage from the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary! The link to the video library below includes medal-winning performances and World & American records by USA National Team members. Also included are several promotional videos produced by and for USA Swimming.

You may recall this resource coming to you in previous years in a DVD format. This new digital format will allow access on multiple devices and create the ability to share these videos with other coaches on your staff and your swimmers.

We encourage you to use these videos as a tool to inspire and to teach swimmers of all ages.

The footage of the 2017 FINA World Championships is owned by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and is used with its permission. This 2017 FINA World Championships footage is intended for educational use only. This footage may not be used for any commercial purpose, or duplicated, distributed sold or put online without the express written consent of USA Swimming and NBC. These videos cannot be saved or downloaded to your devices, but have unlimited playback capability*.

*The link will remain active until December 31, 2018. 

If you wish to access these videos after this date contact Morgan Weinberg directly.
To access these videos

Long Course Meets Available During Short Course Season

For a listing of long course meets for the 2018 short course season follow the link below. If you have a meet to add to the calendar please send the information to Jeff Allen.
Meets Listing

Oversnacked: Fixing the Snacking Epidemic in Youth Sports

By TrueSport

Pre-game snacks, sports drinks at halftime, and cupcakes after a 45-minute game... Young athletes are inundated with food, and it's not helping them.
Here is what you can do about it

USADA Update


Is protein the primary fuel for working muscles? The answer may surprise you! 


Supplement411 helps keep you on top of the news when it comes to dietary #supplements. 


New to #antidoping? Learn how to use Global DRO to check the prohibited status of specific medications. 

Single Paddle Sync

By Glenn Mills, GoSwim Video of the Week, January 31, 2018


Freestyle - Single Paddle Sync

Learning how to stay balanced while unbalancing your body can build swimming awareness.

Why do it:

We've showed single paddle drills before, so this isn't anything new, other than the additional point of having to match someone else's rate. Understanding how to adapt your stroke keeps the athlete flexible in training and stroke knowledge.

How to do it:

1 - Put a paddle on one of your hands, and swim freestyle.

2 - Do your best to maintain a consistent rate as you swim.

3 - Focus on the connection with the paddle hand, and match that connection with the naked hand.

How to do it really well (the fine points):

Get a friend and have them put a single paddle on. Swim next to each other, and make sure you're swimming at the same rate.

Since no two swimmers are the same, one of the two swimmers will need to match the rate of the other swimmer. Combine the rate matching and staying with a balanced rhythm in your own stroke, demands a bit more thought than typical swimming, which can build more swimming instinct.

Check out more freestyle stroke rate videos here: 

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Finding Mastery: Conversations with Michael Gervais

By Michael Gervais, Podcasts

I’ve been in the trenches with some of the best performers in the world – some who shift how we conceive what’s possible — others who have pushed their own boundaries — ranging from hall of fame athletes to action sport game-changers, entrepreneurs, Mixed Martial Artists, to musicians who influence the rhythm of the world. I’m Dr. Michael Gervais, and I’m excited to decode the many paths toward mastery and provide applied practices that we can all use to be and do more in our lives
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Is Exercising a Top Priority for You?

By John Mullen, TrainingCOR, January 28, 2018

Was the answer yes? Was the answer no? If the answer was no, can I ask you why? What’s more important than your well being, your health, or your mental state.

Sometimes, it’s a reasonable answer, like your family, your kids, your job, school, which of course are all valid points. Think about it this way, if you’re not healthy and you’re sick all the time then how will you take care of your family or do your job?
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Tether Yourself: The Enlightening Talk Parents Aren’t Having Can Keep Teens from a Damaging Drift

By Rachel Macy Stafford, Hands Free Mama, January 2018

We bought my daughter a smartphone when we moved to a large metropolitan area three years ago. She was participating in a massive year-round swimming program where we knew no one. Her dad and I decided it would be best for her to have a phone to communicate with us.

Over the years, we’ve implemented all the recommended parental restrictions, safe-search settings, and online safety guidelines. We’ve had on-going talks about cyber dangers like online bullying, predators, pornography, sexting, and what to do in each situation. But despite these protections, I’ve felt an unexplainable uneasiness about teens and smartphone consumption. I’ve continued to read extensively on the subject, finding an increasing number of articles on teen suicide as they relate to online bullying and social media use.

But recently, the uneasiness I’ve been feeling came to an all-time high and spurred me into action.
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Hydration Studies Synopsis

From Ruth Sova at ATRI

If you or your swimmers are poor hydrators, two studies may convince you to dive in and figure out a way to keep your cells bathed. Since our bodies consist mostly of water, it stands to reason that maintaining homeostasis will keep them content—while failing to hydrate can make them deeply unhappy.

Dehydration and Cardiovascular Health

Mild dehydration can impair vascular function nearly as much as smoking a cigarette, according to new research in the European Journal of Nutrition. Though the study sample was small (just 10 subjects), results indicate that hydration levels—even mild dehydration in healthy, young males—play a role in the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Stavros Kavouras, PhD, FACSM, associate professor and coordinator of the exercise science program at the University of Arkansas, led the international team that published the study, which found a connection between minor dehydration and negative endothelial function with impaired cardiovascular health in humans. Endothelial function is the dilation and constriction of the endothelium, the inner lining of blood vessels. It plays a critical role in cardiovascular health. Atherosclerosis is the loss of flexibility in the blood vessels that leads to hardening of the arteries, a known contributor to cardiovascular disease.

“You could be mildly dehydrated without knowing it while you have endothelial impairment similar to smoking a cigarette,” Kavouras said. “The degree of dehydration when these changes occur is at less than 2% dehydration, which is around the threshold when people start feeling thirsty.”

Plain-Water Consumption Boosts Dietary Benefits

Drinking just 1–3 more cups of plain tap water per day can help people control their weight by reducing their intake of sugar, sodium and saturated fat, reports a study in the February issue of Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

Whether the 18,311 U.S. adults studied in the NHANES cohort consumed plain tap water or drank from a cooler, drinking fountain or bottle, the majority of those who increased their water intake by just 1% also reduced their total daily calorie intake and consumed less saturated fat, sugar, sodium and cholesterol.

Those who increased their daily water consumption by 1, 2 or 3 cups decreased their total daily energy intake by 68–205 calories and lowered their sodium intake by 78–235 grams, according to study authors Ruopeng An, PhD, and Jennifer McCaffery. Subjects also consumed 5 to nearly 18 grams less sugar and decreased daily cholesterol consumption by 7–21 grams.

“The impact of plain water intake on diet was similar across race/ethnicity, education and income levels and body weight status,” said An, University of Illinois kinesiology and community health professor. “This finding indicates that it might be sufficient to design and deliver universal nutrition interventions and education campaigns that promote plain water consumption in replacement of beverages with calories in diverse population subgroups without profound concerns about message and strategy customization.”



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