September-October 2010 Issue

September-October 2010 Cover COVER STORY:

What You Don't See Can Hurt You

Most Common Backstroke Mistakes Are Often Easiest to Miss

by Whitney Hedgepeth >>> Photos by Kirk Tuck

Often the most common mistakes swimmers make are those that are not apparent to the swimmers themselves. An error might be painfully obvious to a coach or another observer, but unless the swimmer can feel the difference, then he or she might continue making the same mistake over and over – until it becomes a bad habit that is hard to break.


I Want My MTV with a Twist
Swimmer on "The Real World" Shakes Up Stereotypes
by Jim Harper

What will future generations of Masters swimmers look like? Not just younger than you (and thankfully not in your age group), they will probably be more experienced competitors and in many ways “more than” current swimmers: more in number, more in intensity, and more in diversity. Some of them will even be famous outside of swimming, because reality TV has given many young people a chance to shine for more than 15 minutes. One Masters swimmer who is also a current reality TV star is 28-year-old Tyler Duckworth. He first broke into TV as a member of MTV’s hit series “The Real World” in Key West in 2006, and he is returning to TV this fall as part of a competitive MTV series called “The Challenge.”

Swimming Through Menopause
Managing "The Change" from an Aquatic Perspective
by Bill Edwards

When Robin Walker began to sense the approaching inevitability of menopause, she could have panicked. She could have high tailed it to the library, or to the Internet, or to the waiting rooms of a string of doctors. She could have read every available word on the subject, becoming one of those overnight experts who embrace their conditions and speak ad infinitum about symptoms, treatment protocols, and whether the black cohosh they got from their herb doctors really does lower core body temperature. But she didn’t.

The Whole IX Yards PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
After 38 Years, the Law Still Has an Impact
by Elaine Howley

Title IX was an act of Congress that still reverberates loudly in natatoriums around the country. Thirty-eight years after its initial passage, the law is still controversial but very much a force in collegiate athletics in the United States, and swimming has been impacted as much or more than any sport.

From the Editor
The Inclusive Sport -- It's All Good! by Laura Hamel read>>
Swimmers Live Longer to Ask Questions by David Samuelsohn, Phillip Whitten
What About the Cyclists? by Mark Schanfein
First Ever 360-399 Relay Record by Kirsten Berger
Sounding Off on the SwiMP3 by Paul Reeder
Suit Yourself by Tim Morse
Both Sides of the Lane Line
Tech Suits: It's Time to Move On by Chris Stevenson
Bring Them Back for Masters SCY Meets by James De Lacy
Training & Technique
Out in the Open: The Seven Seas by Laura Hamel
Two-Minute Tune-Up: Long Reach for the Wall by Laura Hamel
Recently Read: Purposeful Intent by Phillippe Diederich
From the Center Lanes by Laura Hamel
My Favorite Practice
Web Workout by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Stabilize Your Core by Laura Hamel
Healthy Swimmer
Study Sheds Light on Shoulder Pain Risk Factors by Phillippe Diederich
Mental Health and Exercise by Phillippe Diederich
Train Your Brain
Swim Bag
Fins by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Betsy Durrant >>> Illustrated by Edward Colley
Swimming Life
New Traditions Lead to New Healing by Phillippe Diederich
Recently Read: Odd Man Out -- An Autobiography by Laura Hamel
Swimsuit Debates Have Never Been Dull by Marilyn Morgan