Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9780226287843 Will Publish February 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
An e-book edition will be published.

Swimming Science

Optimizing Training and Performance

John Mullen

Swimming Science

John Mullen

192 pages | 300 color plates | 9 x 9 1/4 | © 2018
Cloth $30.00 ISBN: 9780226287843 Will Publish February 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
E-book $18.00 ISBN: 9780226287980 Will Publish February 2018 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Swimming is often touted as one of the most accessible workouts—low-impact, low-tech, and beneficial at any stage of life. Yet each time you suit up and dive in, your body’s moving parts must work together to propel you through dozens of pounds of water resistance, somehow emulating the movements of species that evolved specifically for the water. What are the physical forces at work when you get in a pool, and what determines whether you’ll sink or swim?

As a physical therapist, sports team consultant, and Masters World Record holder, G. John Mullen elucidates in Swimming Science. Writing to competitive and novice swimmers alike, Mullen breaks down every aspect of the sport, covering physiology, psychology, and safety, as well as hydrodynamics, nutrition, and technique. Each chapter examines these topics through a series of practical questions. What are the forces acting on you when you swim, and how do your muscles best generate propulsion against those forces? How much protein, salt, and iron should a swimmer consume, and how does energy from carbohydrates compare to energy from fats? How important is the “swimmer’s physique” in competitive swimming, and is technique or strength more necessary for generating speed? These questions are examined with the aid of explanatory diagrams and illustrations, and the book can be used to search for particular topics, or read straight through for a comprehensive overview.

Whether you’re a competitive swimmer looking to optimize your performance, or are just beginning to dip a toe into the sport, Swimming Science is a must-read. 

 
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