Competitive swimming is compatible with a wide variety of body types. There are, however, certain aspects of a swimmer’s body that are common to most athletes in the sport. How different muscle groups over or under-develop in response to swimming can have a dramatic impact on how well the athlete moves on land. This is part one of a two part series on the swimmer’s body. In this piece we will define the five most common idiosyncrasies aquatic athletes face. In part two we will discuss the ways aquatic athletes can mitigate the negative effects of these issues through strength training and dryland work.
Posture (rounded shoulders and curved back)
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