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How will my son swim after 12 weeks out of the water?

Web - Lane Ropes MSAC 2QUESTION:

Hi Gary

I have a son who has had surgery and missed the last 10 weeks and is still another 2 weeks off coming back to a slow transition into training.  How will this affect his long season competitions and championships. His rest from swimming is due to an ear infection and not muscular.




Hi CG,

I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason, and that something good can come out of situations like the one you have sent in.

In many ways, the last 12 weeks would have given your son the chance to grow and develop and his body would be fresh from the rigours of swimming.

The best way to get back into swimming is slowly and I am pleased you have mentioned a slow transition back to training.

It will take your son 6 to 8 weeks to get back to feeling good in the water.   If he is 13 years or younger, it may take another 6 weeks to get back to how he was swimming before.  It may take a touch longer of he is older.

So, if there is at least 12 to 14 weeks until his long course season competitions and championships he has every opportunity to get back to his best.  It may or may not happen and during this period he will need plenty of encouragement and positive support.

There will be weeks that he will find difficult and these will be the key times he will need your support.

Let me know how he goes.



The Swimming Expert

2 Responses to How will my son swim after 12 weeks out of the water?

  1. Richard Holassie October 2, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Hi Gary I’m a 12 year old who would like to find out how to swim freestyle under 25.9 seconds and how to swim backstroke under 30 seconds and butterfly under 29 seconds and breastroke under 37.89 seconds and I have been swiming for a while and when do I relax for a meet to come the next day do I swim on friday or not?

    Richard Holassie

    • Gary October 3, 2013 at 8:20 am #

      Hi Richard,
      It will depend on how important the meet is.
      The best person to guide you is your coach because they know how you have been training and how important the meet is.
      For a 12 year old, a couple of days of lighter sessions should have you ready to go for a swim meet.
      As a swimmer, I always liked to swim the day before a meet, even if it was only for 30min to one hour. Other swimmers would prefer a day off.
      Hope this helps.

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