Approaching Perfect Swimming

Approaching Perfect Freestyle E-Book

Approaching Perfect Swimming: Optimal Freestyle Technique is the book for every swimmer, triathlete, coach, and parent. This e-book design is easy to read, loaded with images, and explains the most effective swimming technique - based on an optimal model - MONA. It was written by Dr. Rod Havriluk, a biomechanist who has been working with swimmers and conducting research on swimming for over 30 years. 

The first six chapters explain the most effective freestyle technique with extensive reference to specific cues that help a swimmer learn how to control his/her body. There are two chapters on how to accelerate the skill-learning process - for individuals and for teams. There is also a chapter on advanced concepts that presents the scientific background for MONA. There are five appendices - FAQs, internet resources, cue checklist, STR research, and selected references.

From the Preface -

This book was prompted, in part, by the many misconceptions about freestyle technique, some of which have become “conventional wisdom.” For example, ineffective arm synchronization (like catch-up stroke), counterproductive drills (like one arm freestyle), and nonscientific analysis procedures (like adopting a technique element of a champion only because he/she swims fast) have contributed to the proliferation of misconceptions. In contrast, all the technique elements presented in this book are based on principles of physics and decades of research, including thousands of trials using Aquanex (the patented force-measurement technology developed by Swimming Technology Research). 

Developed with the individual swimmer in mind, this book is based on more than 30 years of research and supported by specific experience in coaching (from age group to college level), consulting with domestic and international swim teams, and the author’s work with individual swimmers at every performance level (from beginners to world record holders).  Although every technique element in this book has a scientific basis, every effort has been made to make each point understandable and easy for a swimmer to apply.

As with anything worth doing, however, improving swimming technique is not for the un-motivated. Swimming is a complex skill, requiring many thousands of repetitions to change. Keep in mind that improving your technique is the ONLY way to reach your full swimming potential and avoid the repetitive motion injuries so common in swimmers. Unfortunately, early success in competition usually results in an increase in training distance at the expense of continuing technique adjustment. (Swimming may be the only sport in which training quality (a focus on performing with an effective technique) is often sacrificed for quantity (training distance)! The greater the training distance, the more important it is to emphasize technique – both to avoid injury and reinforce positive technique elements. 

At Swimming Technology Research, the science behind every idea is paramount. At the same time, not every swimmer shares that fascination with the underlying biomechanical, physiological, and anatomical foundations. For this reason, effective technique is presented first in this book – much of the scientific basis is saved for the chapter on advanced concepts at the end. This book includes several icons to help you (swimmer or coach) obtain the information that is most important: 

The CUE icon specifies information about the position and motion of body parts that you can see or feel while swimming.

The clipboard symbol indicates information of special interest to coaches.

The TIP icon alerts you to key information or a special way for controlling a technique element.

The whistle signals a drill or exercise to incorporate into your training.

Ebook for Freestyle Swimming Technique