Saturday, August 15, 2009


S w i m m i n g
Handbook of Sports Medicine and Science
Blackwell Science | Joel M. Stager & David A. Tanner
ISBN 0-632-05914-1 | Pdf | 161 pgs | 14 mb
Human performance begins at the cellular level, thus the discussion pertaining to the physiology of swim performance must begin there as well. Ultimately, as a swimmer’s cells go, so goes the rest of the body. An architect knows that when the bricks of a wall begin to crumble, the building will eventually fall! So too, when the metabolic processes of the cells fail, the swimmer can no longer perform.

The concepts that govern cells and their viability are the same as those that govern the body, its tissues, and organ systems. Tissues are collections of different cell types while organs consist of different tissue types. Organs make up systems and systems make up the body, ultimately constituting a competitive swimmer. How a swimmer adapts to a training regime and the causes of a swimmer’s fatigue are determined at the level of the cell; therefore, swim performance is conferred upwards to the complexity level of the entire athlete. The muscle cells are the star performers and the cardiopulmonary, gastrointestinal, renal, and CNS represent the supporting cast.

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