ISCA Coach Education Program

We are thrilled that after about a year of production and development, the ISCA Education Program has officially launched!

The program is available online internationally and features evidence-based curriculum developed by sport scientists specifically for swim coaches. Our modern education portal is easy to navigate and secure, with transcript tracking and interactive course content.

ISCA Certification is available for coaches that are ISCA members and also complete the six core science-based courses (Biomechanics 101 & 102, Physiology 101 & 102, and Sport Psychology 101 & 102). The science behind swimming is something that all coaches need to understand to be effective and successful–and we look forward to providing this crucial piece of education to coaches around the world.

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Race Analysis: Caleb Dressel 18.67 at Men’s 2015 NCAA Championships

Caleb Dressel won the 50-yard freestyle at the Men’s 2015 NCAA Championships. During this race, he broke his National Age Group record of a 18.94, which we analyzed recently.

At NCAA’s Dressel dropped 0.27 seconds, touching the wall with a 18.67. Despite this improvement in time, Dressel’s stroke count was the same:

Strokes to 15 m Strokes Last 8.6 yards
2 7
7 8

If Caleb’s stroke count didn’t change, how did he improve 0.27?

When we further look into the analysis, we see Dressel was ~0.2 seconds faster on his breakout. This improvement was also noted on his turn, breaking out ~0.1 seconds faster. These two areas of improvement steam from improving his underwater dolphin kicking, which he has clearly been improving, as his 100-yard butterfly has greatly improved in time over the past year.

Now, with his NCAA win, many are suggesting Dressel can make the Olympic, but I am unsure about, still due to his high stroke rate. Such a high stroke rate is hard to maintain during LCM, especially when other elite competitors have a distance per stroke (meters/stroke) of 1.2, compared to Dressel’s 1.07. Nonetheless, he should still improve 0.2 in his long course time, based off his start alone.

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