KOW January 6, 2020
We begin our first video with a very clear distinction between technique and style. Swimmers display different styles of swimming depending on their body type, flexibility, strength limb length and many other considerations. The sum total of those differences between swimmers, and between upper and lower bodies and life left and right sides of a single swimmer will result in distinct styles.
Techniques on the other hand should conform to a fixed model obeying accepted biomechanical principles. This allows maximum force production while obeying hydrodynamic principles which minimize the effect of water resistance. There is always a trade-off between the increase of propulsion and the reduction of resistance but the style of the swimmer should not compromise that.
The style of the swimmer should be adapted to embrace the correct technique; the technique should never be compromised due to style.
Other reasons to enforce the basic principles of hydrodynamics and make sure that they are learned and reinforced is threefold; first, to increase efficiency, second to prevent injuries and third, to help make swimmers faster.
Humans may not have gills, fins and scales but we do have science. Working harder does not necessarily translate to increased speed whereas embracing proper biomechanics helps reduce inefficiencies and does contribute to greater speeds.