Alan Lynn - High Performance Swimming (Crowood)

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Alan Lynn - High Performance Swimming (Crowood)



Based on cutting-edge practices advocated by leading experts, this invaluable book guides the reader through the technical and scientific aspects of high performance swimming and provides information about the programmes and practices of elite coaches and swimmers.


The following essential areas are covered:

 Coaching elite swimmers, with attention being paid to:

the humanistic style of coaching
what swimmers want from their coaches  
the worldwide competition calendar
 the threat posed by doping

All aspects of training preparation for high performance with reference to: 

periodisation in the context of quadrennial planning 
specific event training including sample programmes and sessions 
altitude training 
the use of specialised equipment

Support systems and the myriad of support services available to today’s top swimmers
The physiological aspects of performance, including best practice in test sets and protocols from across the world.
Effective techniques and the technical developments that need do be adopted to maximize success across the strokes and events
Technology and tactics, race analysis data and the race strategies of champions
Ergogenics and swimsuit technologies

Competition psychology, the factors involved in peaking for high performance, mental preparation an mental skills development
How to approach major championship meets with a consideration of travel, jet lag and ‘coping strategies’


Superbly illustrated with 59 colour photographs and drawings


Alan Lynn is Senior Teaching Fellow in Sports Coaching in the Department of Sports Studies, University of Stirling, Scotland.
An experienced coach and coach educator for British Swimming, he was sportscotland Coach of the Year in 1999 and has served on numerous international teams as a caoch and team manager.

Titles by Alan Lynn:

Swimming - Crowood Sports Guide [2006]
Conditioning for Swimmers - A Guide to Land based Training [2007]
Swimming - Techniques in Action DVD [2008]