Help! Alive but not kicking...

Help! Alive but not kicking...

Post by Sans » Thu, 27 Jul 1995 04:00:00


I'm as bouyant as a file cabinet, and my kicking is horrible. When I use a
kickboard - it's hard to stay afloat even then - I'll motor a few feet and
stop dead in my tracks. My back hurts, too. It's a little easier kicking
on my back, with the kickboard behind my head, but not much. This all very
frustrating, especially since I have strong legs. Does anyone have any
idea what I'm doing wrong, and what I can do to improve my kick? (I'm
supposed to do the crawl and the backstroke only, due to osteoarthritis in
my knees).

Thanks.

Mark Borowsky

 
 
 

Help! Alive but not kicking...

Post by Dr. Jeffrey A. Schal » Thu, 27 Jul 1995 04:00:00

I don't know if this has already been discussed here or not as I've not
been reading posts to the group lately, however, the Washington Post
Magazine had an interesting article about swimmers and particularly
the Great Chesapeak Bay Swim last Sunday, July 23, 1995 that people
who at least swam in the Bay Swim may be interested in reading.  There
was one error in the article regarding no deaths associated with the swim.
I believe there was a death due to heart attack during the swim about two
years ago.  Since I'm not clear about the facts I won't write a letter to
the editor correcting the author.  Someone else might want to.

Jeff Schaler


 
 
 

Help! Alive but not kicking...

Post by Don Ha » Fri, 28 Jul 1995 04:00:00


 There

Quote:
> was one error in the article regarding no deaths associated with the swim.
> I believe there was a death due to heart attack during the swim about two
> years ago.  Since I'm not clear about the facts I won't write a letter to
> the editor correcting the author.

You are correct.

Don Haut
Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
University of Missouri-Columbia

314-882-3171

 
 
 

Help! Alive but not kicking...

Post by Margaret Cart » Fri, 28 Jul 1995 04:00:00

How is the flexablility of your ankles.  I've seen a demonstration (and
tried it myself) where a swimmer will move _backwards_ while kicking if
the ankles are kept locked at right angles to the leg.  Make sure your
ankles are loose.  If you can't point them til they make a straight line
with your legs, you may have to work on it with stretching excersizes.

My $.02

 
 
 

Help! Alive but not kicking...

Post by John Walk » Fri, 28 Jul 1995 04:00:00


Quote:
> There
> was one error in the article regarding no deaths associated with the swim.
> I believe there was a death due to heart attack during the swim about two
> years ago.  Since I'm not clear about the facts I won't write a letter to
> the editor correcting the author.

I believe the article stated "no drownings," which is not the same as
saying "no deaths."

                                        -- John

--
John Walker        Jackson & Tull Chartered Engineers, Seabrook, Maryland


WWW:   http://rs733.gsfc.nasa.gov/~jntjw/

 
 
 

Help! Alive but not kicking...

Post by Lance F. Bark » Fri, 28 Jul 1995 04:00:00

Mark;

There are 3 important aspects of a propulsive kick, IMHO.  1) Flexible ankles.
Get yourself a pair of Zoomer or SlimFins and use them.  They will help make
your ankles more flexible and give your legs a good workout. 2) Kick with quick,
shallow kicks.  Kicking deeply is counter-productive.  3) Kick from the hip.
Keep your knees straight and ankles loose.

When you get your fins, try kicking without a board.  Kick boards upset your
balance in the water and put more pressure on your back.  Kick with your arms
in front of you and breath on the side when you need to.

Good luck.

Lance F. Barker

Quote:

> I'm as bouyant as a file cabinet, and my kicking is horrible. When I use a
> kickboard - it's hard to stay afloat even then - I'll motor a few feet and
> stop dead in my tracks. My back hurts, too. It's a little easier kicking
> on my back, with the kickboard behind my head, but not much. This all very
> frustrating, especially since I have strong legs. Does anyone have any
> idea what I'm doing wrong, and what I can do to improve my kick? (I'm
> supposed to do the crawl and the backstroke only, due to osteoarthritis in
> my knees).

 
 
 

Help! Alive but not kicking...

Post by Jeffrey Roddi » Sat, 29 Jul 1995 04:00:00

Quote:


>> There
>> was one error in the article regarding no deaths associated with the swim.
>> I believe there was a death due to heart attack during the swim about two
>> years ago.  Since I'm not clear about the facts I won't write a letter to
>> the editor correcting the author.

>I believe the article stated "no drownings," which is not the same as
>saying "no deaths."

>                                    -- John

John is correct.  The article cleverly said no drownings have occurred
during the swims.  However, one death did occur (either 1993 or 94).  
This was from a heart attack about 2 minutes into the swim.  The man was
pulled from the water and passed away on the way to the hospital.