January-February 2008 Issue

January-February 2008 Cover COVER STORY:

On the Shoulders of an Athlete PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>

How Nancy Ridout Found Her Healing Waters

by Bill Edwards

Veteran Masters swimmer Nancy Ridout has encountered a real challenge because of serious shoulder injuries. In the process of recovery, she answered some serious questions about herself - physically, mentally and spiritually. Find out how Ridout is making her return to competitive swimming.


Pilates Power
Strengthening Swim Muscles with Dryland Drills
by Karen Roodman >>> Photos by David Stover

"The muscular emphasis of all Pilates exercises highlights core stabilization and efficient limb mobilization, making the exercises great for swimmers," says Karen Roodman, a Richmond, VA., Pilates instructor. A swimmer herself, Roodman shares her favorite Pilates routines for aquatic athletes.

Don't Ignore the Water
Training Triathletes to Swim is Not So Different
by Michael J. Stott

Triathlon coaches say triathletes, especially cyclists and runners, sometimes neglect swim training. Here are some thoughts about the appropriate amount of attention to give to the aquatics portion of these events.

2008 Exotic Ocean Swims

by Susan Dawson-Cook

Want to swim in exotic places and maybe spend some spare time on other pursuits? Writer Susan Dawson-Cook offers a sampling of destinations for swimmers. From the Caribbean to the South Pacific, these locales offer a variety of choices for open water enthusiasts who want to satisfy their wanderlust.

From the Editor
The Fortune Cookie Page by Bill Volckening
Executive Address
USMS Will Continue to Improve in 2008 by Rob Copeland
Training & Technique
Five Fast Facts: 50 Backstroke
Nationals Tune-up
Readers Ask: Is the Trophy Start Truly a Prize?
Staying Focused
Pool Prep for Open Water
Recently Read: Overachiever's Diary
Set a Goal. Try a Postal Event
Web Workout by Ahelee Sue Osborn PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Healthy Swimmer PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Bounty of the Northwest
Reader Recipe: Simple Pear Crisp
Preventing Cold and Flu
Readers Ask: What About Vitamin C?
Handling Cramps
Three Great Stretches
Count Your Calories
Nationals Preview
Live Music Capital Readies for Short Course Nationals by Amy Wu
Swim Bag
Watches & Timers
Inside USMS
Rules Corner
Pools and Venues Set for 2009 Championships
Coaching at Worlds
Meeting Minutes Posted
25K Championship Scheduled
Swimming Life
Macy Conquers Channel
Raising the Bar
Beauty Redefined
Four New Postal Records
2007 USMS All-Americans: Long Course Meters (Women)
Krauser Inducted in Broward Hall of Fame
Einsidler Wins Comeback Award
Bayly Masters Second Sport
2007 USMS All-Americans: Long Course Meters (Men)
On Deck
Checking Out the Check-Off Challenge by Melissa Minetola PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>