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Backstroke Technique – Rotation

Gary Barclay explains rotation of the shoulders and body in backstroke swimming.

Hi, I’m Gary Barclay, and we’re going to have a look at one of the most common problems in backstroke. And that is the lack of rotation through the shoulders and through the body, through the axis of the body. So what happens if you swim backstroke and you stay flat in the water when your hand enters into the water, you are not able to press down and catch the water underneath. So that means that you don’t move forward very fast.

So there are two things that you need to focus on in backstroke. The first one is pretend that you have a skewer down through your head, and that skewer goes down through your body, and then your body is going to rotate around that skewer with your head staying nice and straight, looking forward. That’s the first thing. This also leads to shoulder rotation. As part of that body roll, your shoulders rotate so that when you’re swimming backstroke and you go to enter into the water here, your shoulder rotates. You’re not flat, but your shoulder rotates. You can then press on the water back behind you.

So there are just a couple of hints in regards to improving your backstroke and your shoulder rotation.

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