The Science of Swimming

Sport science and medicine play a very important part in the performance of a swimmer. Science can maximize potential and help fine-tune the athlete, making small improvements in the swimmer's performance, which is often significant as just a few hundredths of a second can decide the result of races.

Did you Know?

Humans aren't the best swimmers; we can swim at 5 mph compared to a sailfish which can move through the water at 65 mph

The areas of the sport sciences that can be valuable to a swimmer include exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and sports medicine.

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