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How Improved Flexibility Can Enhance Your Swimming Form

By John Hansen, USA Triathlon, 10/10/19, 7:30PM CDT


Stretching is a key element to swimming your optimal performances.  Specifically poor flexibility affects your range of motion, swimming posture, limb positions and your ability to apply force but a consistent stretching routine can help to modify the affects of inflexibility on your swimming performances.

Swimming requires incredible range of motion in your joints to achieve maximum power and speed. In other words, good flexibility.

Flexibility is an important part of every triathlete’s training, but it is often overlooked.

Flexibility is a common athletic term but what are the goals of being flexible as it relates to freestyle swimming? There are key goals for staying flexible and how these goals translate to better swimming include the following three areas: