I have a 9 year old female swimmer who has been swimming competitively for about 1 year. She has been slowly improving but has been struggling to improve her kicking propulsion. Is there anything she can do to improve her kick to develop more propulsion? Please advise.
I have provided below a couple if ideas that should help.
Firstly, check the 9 year old’s ankle flexibility. If she is flexible, she may need a couple of exercises to develop some strength around the ankles. If she is not very flexible then she should start doing some ankle exercises on a daily basis. These would include doing circles with both ankles and also planar-flex and dorsi-flex exercises.
Secondly, continue to include kick sets in every training session. These should include kick for all four strokes. I have had alot of success doing this over short distances and focusing on fast kick. Usually 12 1/2’s up to 25’s will enable her to kick hard the whole way. Gradually incraese the distance to 50’s but keep an eye that the intensity remains.
Let me know how you go.
The Swimming Expert