Smooth Sailing In The Pool

If you're the kind of athlete who totally immerses yourself in cardio conditioning, a new study published in the Journal of Applied Biomechanics might help you get more out of your time in the pool. Analyzing the hand of an Olympic swimmer, scientists compared the propulsion forces generated by pull through using 3 different finger spreads: Pressed together, slightly spread apart and spread even wider. The finger spread that left approximately 0.3 cm between digits, or slightly spread apart, helped create more propulsive force than when the fingers were bunched tightly together or spread approximately 0.6 cm.

The Bigger Picture
: This knowledge probably isn't going to make a dramatic difference in your everyday lap swimming. But if you apply the technique during your training, it might provide an extra edge if you find yourself competing in triathlons or a swim club program this summer. Form should be important to any athlete who's interested in competing at a higher level.
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