This course is for the recreational to elite swimmer, health professional, parent or student who wants to learn about swimming physiology, biomechanics and programming.
We begin in module 1 and 2 by teaching you the key training principles and provide an overview of the determinants of endurance swimming performance. In addition, we discuss what effects these physiological and biomechanical variables in order
to provide insight into how training can be structured to best improve endurance performance.
In module 3 we look at how growth and development effects the performance of a swimmer. These varying maturation rates can be measured and their impact needs to be clearly understood.
In the 4th module we provide a framework on how to monitor swimmers to prevent injuries and overtraining. This includes a monitoring template for users to download.
In module 5 we look at the importance of dry land training in injury prevention and performance. We include a video of the key swimming specific exercises one should use.
Module 6 focuses on teaching you how to effectively periodise training in order to allow for successful programme design. This includes a planning template.
In the 7th module we review how to assess swim performance while providing screening and report examples and explanations.
In module 8 we cover sample swim and gym programmes. In addition, we provide a video which reviews key swim drills.
Lastly in module 9, we look at how to avoid overtraining and burnout in age group swimmers.
By the end of this course you will…
Each module will have four multiple choice questions. Students will have unlimited attempts to answer these questions. A certificate of completion will be issued once all of the assessments have been completed.
This course is for the recreational to elite swimmer, swimming coaches, health professionals, and students who want to learn how to design training programmes to maximise performance and reduce the risk of injury. Individuals who want to learn
how to incorporate a series of fitness components into a training plan will benefit from this course. Previous experience and knowledge is not required.
This course is for you if you are …
Previous experience working in the fitness/sporting environment is not required. However, if the learner is familiar with the basics of swimming, they will benefit more from the course.
Lezandre is a senior consultant at the Sport Science Institute of South Africa and head of the swimming division. She is registered biokineticist who did her honours degree at the University of stellenbosch. Lezandre has represented South Africa in Swimming,
Biathle, Xterra and Netball.
After several years as a practising biokineticist who focused on a number of endurance sports, Lezandre in 2016 decided to focus exclusively on swimming. Lezandre still competes internationally as a masters swimmer. She
is especially passionate about helping young swimmers reach their swimming goals while teaching them life skills.
Rebecca is an endurance consultant at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. She holds a Master's degree in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin, and is currently a PhD student in exercise science
at the University of Cape Town. She specialises in programme design for runners, swimmers, and triathletes and monitoring training load in athletes.
Rebecca was a national level swimmer in the USA, and was world ranked in the 1500m freestyle. She began coaching in 2008 after retiring from swimming, and began competing in triathlon and running. She has a passion for
teaching and getting people involved in sport as it provides people with a community, healthy lifestyle, and realistic goals that provide life-long benefits.
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