General Info about Misconceptions
What are misconceptions?
Misconceptions are concepts inconsistent with scientific fact.
Why are there misconceptions?
Most of the information about swimming technique comes from observation of the fastest swimmers. While faster swimmers have more effective technique than slower swimmers, even the fastest swimmers have technique limitations. Therefore, modeling the fastest swimmers can result in the adoption of ineffective technique elements. Misconceptions often result when technique is modeled from the elements of a fast swimmer, as opposed to the elements of fast swimming.
How are misconceptions a problem?
A misconception is a problem when it becomes “conventional wisdom.” According to Nobel Laureate Harold Kroto, people are generally willing to accept conventional wisdom without any supporting facts. Many misconceptions have been assimilated into the conventional wisdom of swimming and have, consequently, slowed swimmers’ progress.
Misconceptions about Swimming Technique