Hydrodynamic profile of young swimmers: Changes over a competitive season

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This study analyzed changes in the hydrodynamic profile of 25 young swimmers to compare the variations according to a well-designed training periodization.

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However, main trend was that the general preparation cycle (characterized by a high focus on energetics buildup) tends to impair the hydrodynamics profile. On the other hand, the specific cycle of preparation to the main competition (including technique fine-tuning with high number of cues, plus energetics workout at race pace) enables to enhance hydrodynamics and swim efficiency. In this sense, age group coaches should on regular basis deliver customized cues and feedbacks about the technique of each and every swimmers. This is even more relevant in heavy macro-cycles (i.e., with a high volume or density) where swimmers tend to neglect technique. 

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