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Strength and Conditioning Considerations for Youth Swimmers

Nugent, Frank J., BSc; Comyns, Thomas M., PhD; Warrington, Giles D., PhD

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2018 - Volume 40 - Issue 2 - p 31–39
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000368
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ABSTRACT YOUTH SWIMMERS, AGED 7–13 YEARS, ARE AN ATHLETIC POPULATION THAT CAN BENEFIT FROM A STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING (S&C) PROGRAM WHICH CATERS FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENTAL AND SPORTS-SPECIFIC NEEDS. THIS ARTICLE PROVIDES CONSIDERATIONS FOR S&C PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH SWIMMERS. PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF EXERCISES, MOVEMENT SCREENS, AND PROGRAMS ARE PROVIDED.

Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

Address correspondence to Frank J. Nugent, frank.nugent@ul.ie.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Frank J. Nugent is a strength and conditioning coach with the National Aquatic Centre Swimming Club, Dublin and a PhD candidate within the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department in the University of Limerick.

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Thomas M. Comyns is a strength and conditioning coach and lecturer in the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department in the University of Limerick.

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Giles D. Warrington is an exercise physiologist and senior lecturer in the Physical Education and Sport Sciences department in the University of Limerick.

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