Coach Connection Newsletter #21 - 5/25/18

Coach Connection Newsletter #21 - 5/25/18

 | Tuesday, May 29, 2018

We Need Your Input

By Keenan Robinson, USA Swimming National Team Sports Medicine and Science Director and the Sports Medicine Committee

Last summer, two of our athlete reps brought to USA Swimming’s attention that there is still a lack of understanding of age group swimming injuries. We created a task force to create a survey-based study better understand this topic. We have been given IRB approval, meaning, a review board has vetted our study design, intended statistical analysis, and publication value for preventative medicine. This is a similar process to the concussion study we started three years ago, which lead to two published papers and most importantly a return to swim guideline.

Dear Coach,

On behalf of the USA Swimming Sports Medicine Committee, I would like to thank you for considering participation in this short (it should take less than 7 minutes) anonymous survey aimed at collecting information to better understand injuries in the 18 and under swimming population. A small group comprised of leading physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists and chiropractors in the swimming community formulated this questionnaire with the primary goal of better understanding how injuries occur in the swimming community and how USA Swimming can better provide resources and services to educate and reduce the probability of swimming related injuries.

We have a goal of discussing the preliminary results in September of 2018 at the USAS Annual Convention in Jacksonville, FL. This presentation will then be made public on the USA Swimming website to help coaches, swimmers, and parents gain a better understanding of training volume, workout frequency, stroke specialization, dryland activities, and other factors that may impact the occurrence of injuries among swimmers.

We feel that feedback from the USA Swimming coaching community is critical, as you know best the issues related to injury and illness in competitive swimmers. We intend to use the information generated from this survey in a directed manner to help all our registered members. The results of this survey will also help inform the USA Swimming Sports Medicine Committee about future directions for educational programs and areas for further research.

Most importantly, we will publish our findings to better educate the health care providers who will have the opportunity to provide medical services to your swimmers in the future.

This will truly lead to some vast improvements in understanding swimming injuries at the youth level.

Take Survey

Application for Scholastic All-America

We have opened the 2018 SAA Application. Freshman are eligible for the team for the first time. 

Application Form

KickSet Podcast

Check out this month's podcast release featuring Olympian Allison Schmitt. Allison talks about her journey in the sport of swimming and brings awareness to the importance of mental health.

Listen to Podcast

Understanding Intense Pre-Meet Anxiety and Panic Attacks

By Dr. Alan Goldberg,, May 15, 2018 

How nervous do you get before your big meets? Are you the kind of swimmer whose butterflies seem to quickly multiply out of control as your best event approaches? Do you sometimes suffer from pre-race panic attacks that steal your confidence and sap your energy? Do you notice that your anxiety isn't just limited to the pool and racing, but often shows up in academic or social settings as well?

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Parenting Toolkit

From U. S. Center for SafeSport

The U.S. Center for SafeSport has published a series of Parent Tool Kits. While the tool kits are aimed at parents, the information is helpful to anyone wanting to better understand the forms, signs and means of preventing abuse. To view the complete guide, covering all identified age groups, click on the “complete parent tool kit.” To view a particular age group, click on the associated link. 

Complete Parent Toolkit

Parents of High School Aged Adolescents

Is Your Young Athlete Ready To Start Serious Training?

By TrueSport, May 2018

Children gradually gain skill, balance, coordination, and strength through unstructured play. At some point we add structured sports to the mix and increase the focus on certain types of movement and strength (shooting baskets, hitting baseballs, sprinting 100 meters, etc.). But at what point should children begin structured conditioning, like strength training or running intervals, designed to improve their physical ability to perform better in sports? When is too early? If your child wants to train, what do you do?
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The information below should be shared with your athletes and their parents. Please distribute it via email, a club newsletter, or link to the articles on your team webpage.


The negative effects of performance-enhancing drugs can drastically alter the human body and biological functions. Learn more at

Many athletes need to use pain medications at some point, but they have to be mindful of which products are allowed in sport. #antidoping


Per the @US_FDA, "Muscle building" and "weight loss" dietary #supplements are some of the products most commonly spiked with drugs or other illegal ingredients. #BeInformed 

Dan Coyle, NYT Bestselling Author of The Talent Code and The Culture Code, on The Four Most Powerful Words a Leader Can Say, and Other Secrets of Highly Successful Teams

By Reed Maltbie, Changingthegameproject, May 13 2018 

“I screwed that up.”

Imagine asking a member of the Navy Seals what makes a great leader, and that it is the answer you receive. One of the toughest people on the planet showing vulnerability, failure, and weakness. According to Daniel Coyle, this ability to find weakness is what makes great teams strong. This is a must listen podcast for anyone who works with teams. Hear more about what it takes to build great cultures.

Enjoy the show!

Sleep – what is it good for?

From the Performance Room

“Sleep deprivation is an illegal torture method outlawed by the Geneva Convention and international courts, but most of us do it to ourselves” Ryan Hurd.

Elite athletes compete on rest and recovery, so sleep is an essential part of their performance armory. We might not all need this type of forensic approach to sleep, but there’s certainly a good opportunity for us to ensure we’re not missing out on essential sleep benefits. So, this guide will help you ensure you’re getting the most out of your sleep!

More on Sleep

The Behavior of a Coach

By James Leath, Coaching Mastery, Character Development, May 10, 2018

“Not everyone has it.”

“Has what?” I ask.

“It’s a quality you have to look for because it is very subtle.”

The seasoned recruiter looks down at his clipboard and circles a name.

“I don’t mean to be nosey, but who did you circle?”

“More important than who, is why.”

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