Here are some tips on freestyle stroke swimming.
Read about freestyle swimming technique.
Freestyle Swimming Technique
Competitive swimmers, who have obtained mastery over
swimming strokes, can go for freestyle swimming. The activity is of high
intensity. The swimmer has to start off fast, giving his body a hard
jerk. One has to swim in right manner to be effective. One has to adopt
suitable freestyle technique in accordance with the conditions to be
- The head must be in-line with spine.
- Eyes should be centred at bottom of pool when not breathing.
- One arm must be leading while the activity, while the other must
be pulling or recovering.
- Legs must be kept straight, but not rigid, and toes should be
pointed out, and kicked up and down. Continue kicking the entire
- Move the arms in a windmill motion opposite each other. While
your one arm is extended completely out, the other should be back,
almost against the side of the body.
- Open your body halfway through your flip and stretch your legs to
push off against the wall.
- Push off the wall in different direction from the one in which
you were swimming. Even at this point, you should be on your back.
- Fineture your body and roll back over onto your belly as you
glide. Your shoulders must be up against your ears and your fingers
have to be pointed.
- Commence arm-stroking as soon as your body breaks the surface of
Role of Shoulder Girdle
The shoulder girdle works as a base for the movement of the arms. Its
main function is to counterbalance and facilitate movements in the
shoulder joint. The girdle is formed by the scapulae (shoulder blades)
and clavicles (collar bones). The scapulae is connected to the trunk by
muscles only. Light and very mobile, the girdle has to be employed
delicately and effectively.
Role of Arm Motion
Shoulder is a tri-axial joint capable of multiple motions like flexion,
extension, abduction, adduction, internal rotation and external
rotation. This joint has the greatest range of movement of any joint in
the body. Therefore, the arm can move freely in all directions and
rotate around its own axis with mobility.
- When you get more comfortable with the turn, begin practice
- Open up your flipping position to be in a half-tuck position and
not to be in a tight ball.
- Do not to hit your feet on the wall as you flip over.
- Before you begin to extend for your push-off, make sure your feet
are back in the water.
- If you are not physically fit, consult a physician before
attempting this activity. In any case, this information is not
intended as a substitute for professional medical advice.
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