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Most swimmers know that nutrition and training are important components of athletic training programs. But what about the importance of sleep for swimmers? This often-overlooked element of your day can enhance or sabotage your athletic performance, so it’s worth taking a look at what your current sleep regimen is like and possibly make some improvements. Read on to find out more about the importance of sleep and having a good routine for swimmers.    Why is sleep important? Sleep is important for all of us. When we don’t get it, it impairs cognitive performance, disturbs glucose metabolism, and appetite regulation....

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To supplement or not to supplement? You don’t need a Shakespearean soliloquy to answer this question, but it is helpful to know when to take sports supplements as a part of your athletic training and nutritional program. In general, having a well-balanced diet is recommended. However, for many aspiring and elite level athletes, a balanced diet does not always provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to compete at that level of training.     Imagine your body is a car.  An easy way to understand this is to think of yourself as a car which, like your body,...

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One of the most important parts of your child's success as a swimmer is their nutrition and what they are eating on a daily basis. While eating healthy meals as a family is ideal, the reality is that most of us are at work or school for the majority of the day and we are often eating away from home. To help your child avoid making bad choices at the school cafeteria or vending machine, here are some ideas of what to pack in your child's lunch for swim success.   Home Grown Before you even send your child off...

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