Rotation and Bilateral Breathing!

So let’s talk about rotation. So technically rotation didn’t have to be in this presentation, but I do love technique for the fact that everything is correlated and you can’t have one piece of the puzzle without another. So rotation does happen in correlation with the swimmer’s pull, at least that’s how we teach it right now. And so, is a part of this pie. So, when you think about rotation, or when I think about rotation I’m more so think about it as a pendulum. A swimmer’s body is swinging side to side in that middle point of that pendulum is their belly button. And so the belly button should constantly be swinging from one side to another and goes through its neutral point which is where it’s pointing straight down to the bottom. So, if the right hand is entered, we’re going to be fully on the right side you’re going to be at your maximum point of rotation at this point. And as soon as that right hand starts to pull backward, the right hip is going to start driving back towards neutral so it’s going to start driving that belly button down. As you finish out that pull and you round out that pull, you’re going to be flipping to your opposing sides Your left hand is going to be entering when your left hip is going to be down. So you oscillate from side to side, based on how fast you pull because that determines how quickly you rotate it also making sure that you’re equal from side to side. So one of the constant conversations that I have with my swimmers, is making sure that they ensure that the rotation happens equally from side to side, and one of the ways that you can do that as a coach is to ensure that a swimmer is breathing from side to side. So if you’re not breathing every three, every five, every seven every eight. You’re going to have an imbalance in your summer strokes because whenever you breathe you rotate a little bit more towards that side that you’re breathing on versus the side that you’re not breathing because you don’t need to get your head out of the water, you don’t need to have that little bit extra rotation to the side that does that doesn’t require the breath, then it doesn’t it’s not necessary so if you want a swimmer to have like a fairly unbalanced stroke, you would have braid to one side only. This being said, I’m a big proponent of making sure that swimmer trains braiding from side to side, I think it’s really important to have a stroke to be balanced. If they want to race, say they’re more comfortable only breathing to their right side, It’s fine to me, for them to breathe, to their right in a race because A, for the most part, you’re going to be breeding less than a race, especially like maybe some sprint races and other things like you’re not gonna have swimmers breathing every single stroke, especially if you’re teaching age groupers, be who want a swimmer to be able to race where they feel comfortable so hopefully, over time they’re going to feel comfortable bilaterally breathing, but if for some reason they don’t when you start having them train to breathe from side to side and keeping that stroke balance. It’s fine to have them race, how they feel comfortable until they can make that change.