January-February 2013 Issue

January-February 2013 Cover COVER STORY:

Underwater Music Players and Headphones PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>

by Laura Hamel

Can music make your workout better? Given the proliferation of earbuds on jogging trails and in gyms everywhere, a lot of athletes believe so. And there is scientific research that supports the notion that exercise is more enjoyable with music. Studies in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology has shown that if you play the right music—music matched to the rhythm of your particular form of exercise—your endurance improves.


Lynn Sherr
She wears many hats, but prefers her swim cap
by Laura Jones

Many readers will recognize Lynn Sherr from her three decades in television journalism. She's also published several books. Her most recent book, "Swim: Why We Love the Water," is her way of exploring and sharing the joys of open water swimming.

Take Your Mark
Getting the most from your dive starts
by Scott Bay >>> Photos by Peter H. Bick

Scott Bay, chair of the USMS Coaches Committee and head coach of Blu Frog Masters, teams up wtih some swimmers from Coach Michael Collin's Nova Masters in Southern California to present a few simple technique drills to help get the most bang for your buck when leaving the blocks.

Swimming for Mental Health
Can swimming help treat OCD and depression?
by Kristin Bender

Several readers have written to us asking for more information on how swimming may help anxiety, OCD, and similar disorders. Swimmers Kristin Burgard and Danny Gassaway share their stories with the hope that others may gain comfort in knowing that swimming regularly can help.

The L.V. Method
And other adventures in cross-training.
by Jim Harper

We were curious about what types of cross-training our members do, so Jim Harper posted a survey on the Forums on usms.org aobut it.  This sparked quite a discussion about what is good for swimming, what isn't, and what things some top Masters swimmers do (or don't) include in their training regimens.

Editor's Note
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No Complaints by Connie Williams
Ask and Ye Shall Receive by Chris Bruno
Watch out, Kids by David Huggins, Pamela Shepard
Getting Older by Norman Macartney, John Tobin
Both Sides of the Lane Line
PED Testing is Warranted by Jeff Erwin
Don't Test My Patients! by Richard Bell
Training & Technique
The Dryland Difference Crossfit: Cult or Useful Tool? by Laura Jones
From the center lanes: Clay Britt by Laura Jones
Ask the Coach: Sue Welker by Laura Jones
Out in the Open: It's Ok, I'm with the band by Elaine Howley
Healthy Swimmer
Stress Hormones Are Not Always Evil by Laura Jones
Mastering Nutrition: Post-Workout Nutrition and Bone Density by Susan Dawson-Cook
Nationals Preview
Fast Cars and Fast Pools in Indy by Susan Dawson-Cook
Swim Bag
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Ed Tsuzuki by Laura Jones
Swimming Life
Swim Your Age by Laura Jones
Recently Read: Be Your Best Without the Stress by Laura Jones
Recently Read: A Door in the Ocean by Laura Hamel
Water Music by Elaine Howley