Science of Swimming Faster

In a sport where victory is often determined by a fraction of a second, it’s obvious why one of the most sought-after secrets is how to swim faster. However, as the world’s most renowned coaches, athletes, trainers, and researchers know, there is no secret—just science.

Science of Swimming Faster is a remarkable achievement—one that embraces, explains, and applies the latest science and research that has and continues to set new performance benchmarks in the sport. It is a one-of-a-kind resource:

An easily understood repository of swimming research
Insights distilled from great sport and exercise scientists, coaches, and swimmers
A do-it-right reference for a host of techniques and tactics
The most credible and widely used training principles and programs
An analysis identifying key factors contributing to elite and world-record swimming performance
An insider’s access to the strategies for training, tapering, fueling, recovery, and mental preparation being used with some of the world’s most successful swimmers.

With editors Scott Riewald and Scott Rodeo and a who’s-who list of international experts on the sport, Science of Swimming Faster offers you an unprecedented wealth of advanced yet accessible information on excelling in the sport.

Part I Swimming Mechanics and Technique
Chapter 1 Fluid Dynamics, Propulsion, and Drag
Timothy Wei, Russell Mark, and Sean Hutchison
Chapter 2 Freestyle Technique
Ross H. Sanders and Carla B. McCabe
Chapter 3 Backstroke Technique
Russell Mark
Chapter 4 Breaststroke Technique
Russell Mark
Chapter 5 Butterfly Technique
Ross H. Sanders and Carla B. McCabe
Chapter 6 Techniques for Starts and Turns
Andrew Lyttle and Brian Blanksby
Chapter 7 Analyzing Strokes Using Computational Fluid Dynamics
Matt Keys, Andrew Lyttle, Brian Blanksby, Liang Cheng, and Koji Honda

Part II Physiological Aspects of Training and Competition
Chapter 8 Energy Systems and Physiology
J.M. Stager, Jonathon Stickford, and Kirk Grand
Chapter 9 Periodization and Planning
Scott Riewald
Chapter 10 The Impact of Tapering on Performance
Inigo Mujika and Andrew M. Stewart
Chapter 11 Competition Day Strategies
Scott Riewald
Chapter 12 Analyzing Elite Swimming Performances
Jodi Cossor
Chapter 13 Overtraining and Recovery
Randall L. Wilber

Part III Applied Sport Sciences
Chapter 14 Nutrition: Fueling for Performance
Charlene Boudreau
Chapter 15 Performance Enhancers and Doping Control
Jennifer L. Reed and Andrew L. Pipe
Chapter 16 Swimming Psychology: Merging Mind and Body
James Bauman
Chapter 17 Growth and Development
Rebecca Battista
Chapter 18 Sports Medicine: Swimming Injuries and Their Prevention
Courtney Dawson and Scott A. Rodeo
Chapter 19 Sports Medicine: Illnesses and General Health
Margo Mountjoy
Chapter 20 Strength and Conditioning for Performance Enhancement
Scott Riewald

Part IV Considerations for Special Groups
Chapter 21 Adolescent Swimmers
Morgan Anderson and Jordan D. Metzl
Chapter 22 Masters Swimmers
James W. Miller
Chapter 23 Female Swimmers
Jaci L. VanHeest
Chapter 24 Open Water Swimmers
Steve Munatones
Chapter 25 Adaptive Swimmers
Brendan Burkett


Scott Riewald, PhD, is the U.S. Olympic Committee’s winter sport high-performance director. He works closely with eight winter sport national governing bodies to coordinate sport science and medical services for their athletes. He has served as the biomechanics director for USA Swimming at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. In this role, he was part of an international biomechanics research team at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and provided education and services to many of the nation's top swimmers. He has given presentations to athletes and coaches about using science to positively affect performance. Riewald has also been involved in cutting-edge research in evaluating new technologies and swim performance, and he has worked as the biomechanics director for the United States Tennis Association in Key Biscayne, Florida.

As an undergraduate at Boston University, Riewald was a competitive swimmer and still holds several school and conference records. He was named a GTE Academic All-American his senior year and was later inducted into BU's Athletic Hall of Fame. After earning an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering, he competed in triathlons and coached a masters swimming team. He earned his MS and PhD in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University. Riewald is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a certified personal trainer. He is coauthor of Complete Conditioning for Swimming (Human Kinetics, 2008).

Riewald and his wife, Suzie, live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with their two children, Maddox and Callie.

Scott Rodeo, MD, is a clinician-scientist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where he also serves as co-chief of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service. His specialty includes treating sport injuries to the knee, shoulder, ankle, and elbow. He also is a professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. Rodeo holds a board position at Asphalt Green in Manhattan, where he helps promote injury prevention and healthy living through exercise. He served as team physician for the 2004, 2008, and 2012 U.S. Olympic swimming teams and the New York Giants football team. He has been involved with USA Swimming, serving as a chair of their Sports Medicine and Science Committee. Rodeo is also a former competitive swimmer and provides medical support for local swimming programs.



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