Many swimmers face problem with their swimming strokes without realizing that their breathing is the cause for the problem. To master the breathing technique and prevent injuries while swimming freestyle, this blog has some great tips for you.
Tip 1 – Focus on Your Exhalation Not Inhalation
Many swimmers don’t exhale properly when under water. Exhalation should be twice as long as your inhalation. With this little technique, you’ll enjoy your swimming more and freestyle stroke will benefit greatly.
Tip 2 – When you’re not breathing, keep your head still
Garrett McCaffrey said, “Imagine you are a whale, there is a blowhole on your neck, and you need this hole exposed at all times so you can breathe or you will die. If your neck is angled you will close this hole and you cannot breathe. You need to position your head in such a way that your neck is always at the right angle.” Keeping the head still will help to gain propulsion and efficiency in every swimming stroke.
Tip 3 – Don’t over rotate your body
If you rotate your head too far, then you should remember that your entire body is rotating with it. This is not good because your leg might be kicking near the surface of the water rendering it pretty much useless. Also, your arm dives too deep, making it heavier to lift out of the water again.
Tip 4 – Relax your body
Believe it or not, being tense while swimming stroke is probably major problem many swimmers face. Before swimming you should relax your body to improve your breathing technique while swimming.
Tip 5 – Don’t panic if you breathe in water
If you gulp in water, shape your tongue as if you’re pronouncing the letter K and it keeps the water from going down your throat. Even the greatest swimmers breathe in water from time to time.
Tip 6 – Breathe bilaterally
It is an effective and best way to keep swimming stroke technique symmetrical. Bilateral breathing is most important because it can help prevent shoulder injuries and improve freestyle swimming stroke technique. Bilateral is particularly helpful for developing good body roll to both sides since you need to rotate well to breathe.
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