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High Performance Youth Swimming

Edited By Jeanne Dekerle Copyright 2021
    312 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    High Performance Youth Swimming provides an in-depth view of the physiological, biomechanical, and multifaceted underpinning of swimming success, with a focus on youth. Considerations of both growth and maturation processes and the intricacies of the swimming training environment are core throughout the book.

    Divided into sections on physiology of swimming, motor control, biomechanics, and long-term well-being, the book also includes chapters from international contributors on:

    • Strength and conditioning
    • Skill acquisition
    • Overtraining
    • Burnout
    • Respiratory health

    This volume is for those interested in enhancing their art of coaching through a deeper understanding of the science of swimming, including swimming coaches, those who wish – and question how – to best support youth swimming performance, or anyone interested in swimming science more generally.

    Section 1. Setting the Scene: The Young Athlete

    1. Introduction to Growth and Maturation

    Anthony Birat and Sébastien Ratel

    2. Physiological Determinants of Swimming Performance and their Trainability in Children

    Anthony Birat and Sébastien Ratel

    3. Strength and Conditioning Considerations for Youth Swimmers

    Flo Pietzsch

    4. Performance across a Swimmer’s Career

    Shilo Dormehl

    Section 2. Sizing and Shaping the Engine of the Young Swimmer

    5. Determinants of Long-Distance Performance in Youth Swimmers

    Jeanne Dekerle

    6. Determinants of Middle-Distance Performance in Youth Swimmers

    Jeanne Dekerle and Ben Scott

    7. Determinants of Short-Distance Performance in Youth Swimmers

    Jeanne Dekerle

    8. Physiology-based Considerations when Training the Youth Swimmers

    Jeanne Dekerle

    9. Monitoring Training Load in and out of the Pool, Optimal Load, and Periodisation in Young Swimmers

    David Pyne

    Section 3. Sharpening the Technical Skills of the Young Swimmer

    10. Propelling Efficiency, Water Resistances, and the Latest in Young Swimmer's Biomechanics

    Tiago M. Barbosa and Jorge E. Morais

    11. Motor Control: Coordination and Stroking Parameters in Young Swimmers

    Ludovic Seifert

    12. Skill Acquisition in the Swimming Pool: A Critical Perspective on the Information Processing Approach

    Nicholas J. Smeeton and Ludovic Seifert

    13. A Nonlinear Pedagogy Approach to Promoting Skill Acquisition in Young Swimmers

    Ludovic Seifert and Nicholas J. Smeeton

    Section 4. The long-term well-being of the young swimmer

    14. Non-functional Overreaching and Overtraining in Young Swimmers

    Craig A. Williams and Richard Winsley

    15. Burnout and Training Maladaptation Affect Well-Being: Strategies for Wellness amongst Young Swimmers

    Sean Heath

    16. Interrogating Practice and Philosophy for the Long-Term Performance and Well-Being of the Young Swimmer

    James Wallis

    17. Nutritional Consideration for the Young Swimmer

    David B. Pyne

    18. The Respiratory Health of Young Swimmers

    Valerie Bougault and James H. Hull




    Jeanne Dekerle is a principal lecturer at the University of Brighton, United Kingdom, and holds BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees in sports coaching and exercise physiology. Jeanne has been a swimming teacher, coach, head teacher, and head coach for over 15 years. Today, Jeanne continues her research and enterprise activities in swimming physiology with around 50 peer-reviewed articles to date and several collaborations with government bodies.