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I´m trying to learn the crawl, but get stuck on shoulder position in the catch. From my perspective it looks like most promote some weird, horribly internally rotated position that looks like it would kill my shoulders in 5 minutes. Am I misunderstanding something or is it one of those “sport specific” compromises?
Hi Peter, not a swimmer here but there is a Pro Episode dedicated to swimming which was done a few weeks ago.
i assume you mean the early vertical forearm (EVF) catch? you don’t need to do the EVF to swim freestyle. you can simply spear a little deeper with the forward arm, relax the hand at the wrist, and your hand is already “catch-ed” at extension. then, just stroke back from that position.
oh you asked about shoulder health as a priority during swimming – Total Immersion teaches swimming that creates arm movements in shoulder-safe paths.
Thanks alot for the help! Got some stuff to work on for sure..
David: You wouldn´t happen to know a video or other visual demo of the stroke you talk about as an alternative to doing the EVF catch?
try this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9FwQA3g_Ak
I’d like to add that fully extending your arm horizontally before your underwater pull places more stress on your shoulder too. I always coach my athletes to aim to have the elbow slightly bent (obviously more bent for sprinting, unless their trying straight arm freestyle) before they initiate the underwater pull.
Thanks again for all the help. I appreciate it!