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Do You Know if Your Breaststroke Pullout Slows You Down?

By Abbie Fish, Ritter Sports Performance, 02/14/18, 12:00PM CST

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Now, coaches are telling swimmers to dolphin kick before the pull-down phase to keep their initial speed higher for longer.

The rules for the Breaststroke pullout has changed A LOT over the past few years. With Kosuke Kitajima and many other swimmers performing illegal dolphin kicks during the Breaststroke pullouts, it caused some major controversy.

With no legal dolphin kick being allowed originally, to now one dolphin kick being permitted prior to the first Breaststroke kick—there’s less than 5 seconds of underwater pullout time. Do you know if those 5 seconds of time spent underwater is helping or hindering your speed?