High Performance Youth Swimming  book cover
1st Edition

High Performance Youth Swimming

Edited By

Jeanne Dekerle

ISBN 9781138595972
Published October 26, 2020 by Routledge
308 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
SAVE $32.00
was $160.00
USD $128.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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



View More



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.