Our daughter is 12 1/2 years and currently trains with her swim team 16 hours a week; approximately 4 hours of that is land training.
She enjoys swimming and to-date has not complained about the 4:40am wake-up, or late night swims. Her school grades are good. She has had no injuries.
We fully support the team and her coach, but my husband and I are concerned that she is training to much for a 12 years old with a growing changing body.
We would be very grateful to hear your thoughts.
With kind regards,
There are many 12 year old girls around the world who are training 6 x 1 1/2 to 2 hour swimming sesions per week and completing at least 2 x 1 hour of land traing each week, so what your daughter is doing is not unusual.
Having said that, it is at the higher end of training loads for 12 year old girls and while I believe this is absolutely fine, you just need to monitor her health, injuries and enjoyment levels over time and look for any signs that she may not be coping. It sounds though, like she loves the sport and is a very accomplished swimmer.
I know for families who have grown up outside swimming, training this often seems like it is alot, and while it is, it is not unusual either in many good programs around the world.
I have actually written a book called www.SwimmingForParents.com that you may be interested in as it answers questions like this one, and many others.