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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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Participating in a sport at a young age can be a positive part of your child's development. Then there's also the social aspect, allowing them to make friends outside of school and develop life long relationships. And of course, there's the developmental element, which enables your child to take on more responsibility, understand the value of teamwork, and learn valuable life skills. If your child has expressed an interest in swimming, and you feel that they are ready to join a swim team, here are some considerations to choose the best team for them.    Assess Your Child's Skill Level...

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The last thing you're probably thinking about after a workout is ways to reduce inflammation. It's more likely that you're rushing to the shower, back to class, or headed to a meeting and don't have time to think about every nutrient in your next meal. But your post-workout meal is very important. Besides just satiating your hunger, it needs to replace glycogen stores for future workouts, and repair muscle damage and restore fluids and electrolytes lost in sweat.    Eating a meal with anti-inflammatory foods for better recovery is an important element of your post-workout routine. Reducing inflammation after your...

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Searching for the perfect power-to-weight ratio is critical for a sustainable and healthy approach to your training, lifestyle and racing.  Many athletes try to maintain as low a weight as possible while still being as powerful as they can be.  While the power-to-weight ratio is often on the top of there minds, health and resiliency should ultimately be their key goals, hitting and keeping the sweet spot can be difficult.  If an athlete takes weight loss too far, then they will see a decrease in their overall power, along with more serious health issues.

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There are many reasons to love the sport of swimming. It offers great physical training, an opportunity to make lifelong connections with coaches and teammates, and the chance to do something positive for your health. And what's even better about swimming is that everyone can participate and today there are many programs, scholarships, and swim clubs that help both male and female athletes. But being a female athlete brings with it some challenges, one of which is the female athlete triad. We'll discuss what it is and how it can affect your swim training.   What is the Female Athlete...

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