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Why has my son not improved in his Swimming?

Valerie’s son is quite a good swimmer. He is 13 years old and has done quite a lot of growing lately, but have his performances kept up with his growth.

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Hi, I’m Gary Barclay and today’s question comes from Valery in Israel.

“Hello from Israel,  I have some question related to my 13 old son.  At the age 12 he was able to swim 400m free style for 5m 20 secs, 200 m for about 2m 18 secs and 100m for about 1 m 10sec. During this year he grew up substantially. He became taller by 15cm and heavier by 10kg.

He continues to swim 5 days a week, swimming about 6km each training session. For some reason he was not able to improve much his results during this year. I am wondering if it is related to some issues in the training process or it has more to do with his natural grows issues? Valery”

Well, thanks Valery, it’s a fantastic question and one that we receive quite often with boys particularly around that 13, 14, 15 and 16 year old age group.

I’m not in a position to see the training process however I have no doubt that if he’s swimming 5 times a week of around 6km and if he is focusing on technique and skills and improving those and improving his aerobic ability, then he is doing the right thing.

My gut feeling is that this is about his growth, growth and development. The fact is that he is a different boy now to the one he was 12 months ago. Twelve months ago he was 10kg lighter and a lot shorter and he is now carrying a different weight through the water and it may take a little bit of time for the power to come back into his arms and his legs so that he can swim faster for his current weight.

There is no doubt in my mind that if he does the right thing in training and if he continues to focus on developing his skills and particularly his feel of the water and technique. it wont be long until your son is back swimming as fast as ever, if not faster.

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