Can you Breathe?!

Swimming requires good core control, strength AND the ability to breathe! many of us get tired easily in the water and find we cannot push through the endurance and stamina required to either improve speed/ times/performance.

Maybe our BREATHING is the issue?

What muscles are we using to get our lungs filled with oxygen?

Are we using our good core muscles such as the diaphragm in conjunction with our core, or do we use the over active “accessory” muscles such as our traps, intercostals and upper airways – these will fatigue out quicker, reduce our stamina and endurance and inherently leave us open to over use issues in those over active muscles.

How do we know what we are using? are your shoulders relaxed, do you take a good easy deep breathe or is your breathing hard work and concentrated in the upper part of your chest?

Things that can all lead and exacerbate poor breathing patterns are:

  1. tight pec muscles ( pull the chest forard and flex you)
  2. poor rib cage / thorax posture ( rounded shoulders/ back)
  3. tight rib cage muscles ( intercostals)
  4. poor core control and strength
  5. tight lats
  6. tight lower back muscles ( they “fix” the lower ribcage )
  7. tight hamstrings and pelvis ( pull the lower body  out of alignment)

Solution:

  • ask your coach for GOOD feedback on your technqiue
  • ask you physio to assess you for our core strength and see where your deficiencies ly
  • practice good breathing patterns – can you breathe normally on land and direct your breathing into different parts of your lungs?

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About Saree Hewlett (97 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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