May-June 2010 Issue

May-June 2010 Cover COVER STORY:

The Pools are Alive with the Sound of Music

by Jim Harper >>> Photos by Allen Jones

The movie, “Rocky,” gave boxing its theme song. Just hearing the song’s first few trumpet blasts conjures the image of running stairs. Then along came the soundtrack for “Chariots of Fire,” and runners were inspired to go the distance. But what about swimming? Where is the soundtrack for our sport?


Extreme Stroke Makeover
Breaststroker Learns the Value of the Streamline
by Nathan McBride >>> Photos by Bill Ewan

Our first makeover winner is Shoshanna Ehrlich, a 53-year-old breaststroke swimmer who came to competitive swimming late compared to many of her teammates at Boston LANES. Describing herself as a “breaststroke fanatic,” Ehrlich says she has been able to reduce her times bit by bit since she started competing, but remains near the bottom of her age group.

Mastering Management
How Masters Teams Handle Their Business
by Jocelyn Whidden

What is the best way for a Masters team to handle its nuts-and-bolts business operations? It depends. Is a team nonprofit, operated by a coach, or managed by a public or private entity? Is it affiliated with a health club, or part of a public pool facility? The approaches are almost as numerous as the Masters teams themselves.

Do Swimmers Live Longer? PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>

by Phillip Whitten

Over the years, most evidence about physical activity and health has come from studies of aerobic exercise and self-reported physical activity. The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS) database, the largest of its kind, is based on objective measures of fitness collected on more than 80,000 patients at the Cooper Institute since 1970. Its major focus is examining the impact of physical activity, diet, and other lifestyle factors on mortality. The study compared the mortality rates of runners, walkers, sedentary folks and swimmers over 13 years.

From the Editor
Aging Gracefully with USMS by Laura Hamel read>>
Navel Treaty by Mike Dowd
Title IX by Lyra Halprin
Relaxed Hands by Mike Milliman
Getting Older, Staying Happy by Paul Hutinger
Fighting the Good Fight by Thaddeus Gamory
Both Sides of the Lane Line
Sandbagging is Wrong by Rick Osterberg
Sandbagging is No Big Deal by The Unknown Sandbagger
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: Marcia Cleveland by Laura Hamel
Recently Read: Good Swimming by Laura Hamel
Gadget Watch: Swimovate Pool-Mate
Two-Minute Tune-up: Aaron Peirsol by Laura Hamel
Web Workout: Marilyn Grindrod by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
My Favorite Practice: Sam Manhart
From the Center Lanes: Kenneth Frost by Laura Hamel
Healthy Swimmer
Is Timing Everything? by Bill Edwards
New Study Looks at Swimmers' Injuries by Bill Edwards
Train Your Brain
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Nationals Preview
Summer Nationals: Nacionales -- No Passport Needed for this Exotic Locale by Bill Edwards
Swim Bag
Product Review: Paddles by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Mary Beth Windrath by Laura Hamel >>> Illustrated by Edward Colley
Call for Nominations
Swimming Life
The Gift of Life by Phillippe Diederich
First Ever 360-399 Relay Records by Laura Hamel
Paddles Have Aided Swimmers for Centuries by Bruce Wigo