skip navigation

Swimming Movement and Pressure: Tricks of the Trade

By Eney Jones, SwimSwam, 01/31/18, 12:00PM CST


“When you swim like a jellyfish, rhythm don’t mean nothing. You go with the flow, you don’t stop. Move like a jellyfish, rhythm means nothing. You go with the flow, you just don’t stop.”

Swimming is tough. It is the ultimate in multitasking. The integrity of the T, the shoulders and chest, stay stable. The navel swivels, the hips go up and down, and the feet go in opposition to the hips; in accordance to opposing hands.

But now according to the latest Stanford study, your obliques and core should lengthening on one side and shorten on the other, to even create an accordion motion for more efficient swimming. Dr John Dabiri, a professor of civil, environmental and mechanical engineering at Stanford says, “Our experiments show that jellyfish and lamprey eels actually suck water toward themselves to move forward instead of pushing against the water behind them as had been previously supposed.”