Planning of Dryland Training for 12 & Under Age Group Swimmers

By Len Sterlin, BA ASCA Level 4 coach

ASCA Newsletter Volume #2001-8

Analysis of age group swimming- related publications and my own coaching experience shows that land-based training of young swimmers is not considered as important as at the later stages of their development.

However, according to recommendations of sport scientists and coaches of the most successful swimming centers of Russia (and former USSR) and Eastern Europe extensive dryland training should be introduced at the earliest stages of a competitive swimmer's development. They believe that strength training in the beginning of a swimming career is crucially important as it encourages mastering of swimming technique.

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