My 7 year old son is a keen swimmer and trains 3 times a week (7 – 9 km per week). He has a problem on his crawl whereby when breathing his arm on the opposite side crosses under his body. Can you tell me the best way the fix this ?
Looking forward to your advice,
This question is asked regularly as many swimmers, both young and old, have this problem.
As a swimmer turns to breath on their right hand side, their left hand should be entering the water out in front (and vice-versa).
As the left hand pulls through, the head is turned to the side to breathe and some swimmers will cross their hand over midline to gain balance in the water whilst they are breathing. They will also often drop their shoulder and elbow and let their hand go straight towards the midline (and further) at the beginning of the stroke.
To correct this, when the front hand enters the water, the swimmer needs to scull (or press) slightly outwards and then scull back in towards the midline whilst maintaining a high elbow position. I will be doing a video on this soon and this will help greatly for your son to understand this better.
The Swimming Expert