Addressing the Elephant on Deck: How tracking sleep can lead to a culture of improvement

By Jim Davis and Mac Guy (this article was originally published in the NISCA Journal, 2019) The Obvious Truth How many pizzas did Michael Phelps eat during heavy training days? What starting stance does Caleb Dressel use? What sort of music does Katie Ledecky listen to in the locker room? We are all looking for…

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Championship Swim Culture through Dryland Routines

By Mac Guy and Jim Davis This article was originally published in NISCA Magazine as a compliment to a presentation by Coaches Guy and Davis at the 2017 ASCA World Conference. In 2016, the swim team we worked with was full of hard workers, dedicated student-athletes, and talented individuals. On the first day of dryland…

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The Power of Perspective

The final speaker at this weekend’s Power Athlete Symposium was two-time Paralympic gold medalist Brad Snyder. Brad is blind. He is an engaging speaker and on stage he is steady and careful; in the water, he can fly. Before the accident which took his sight, Brad was captain of the swim team at Navy. He…

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Swimmer Strength: an Overview

After many conversations with swimmers, swim coaches, and strength coaches working with swimmers, a common question persists: where do we start? There is no easy answers; everything is contextual, dealing with team dynamics, timelines, and sport-specific considerations. Strength coaches who generally deal with land-based athletes find themselves grappling with a unique set of athlete-performance requirements.…

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