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Stu Kahn articles in SWIMMER Magazine

Butterfly or Butterstruggle 
Published October 2011, SWIMMER Magazine
This swimming stroke evokes more social and political questions than the other three combined. Questions like, "Who invented this thing?", "What were they thinking?" and, "Do I really have to swim this?" Read more...
PEOPLE PADDLE PROGRESSION
Published February 2012, SWIMMER Magazine
Just because the stroke is called Freestyle doesn’t mean anything goes. There are limits to any good swimmer’s motions, and the maxim of ‘Different Strokes for Different Folks’ is only generically true. Read more...
PADDLE vs. PROPELLER
Published April 2013, SWIMMER Magazine
Stu Kahn from Davis Aquatic Masters describes the differences between the propeller freestyle stoke and the paddle freestyle stroke, as featured in the May/June issue of SWIMMER Magazine. Read more...
FIVE COMMON BREATHING MISTAKES
Published October 2013, SWIMMER Magazine
Coach Stu Kahn is back in this issue with five of the most common mistakes that vex freestylers during the breathing part of the stroke. Whether you're just learning to swim or are a seasoned pro, these tips will have you breathing easier in no time. Read more...
DIY FREESTYLE
Published July 2014, SWIMMER Magazine
At the highest levels of our sport, it's now widly accepted that the differences in time separating elite swimmers are skill-based, not strength-based. No amount of training volume can bridge a gap created by technical flaws. Read more...
EVOLUTIONARY BACKSTROKE 
Published November 2014, SWIMMER Magazine
Some of the reasons today's backstrokers are swimming faster include flatter body position, quicker arm tempo, and more powerful kicking. Underwater, we're seeing a shallower pull/push pattern and the hand positioned higher than the elbow throughout the propulsive phases. Together, these factors help create increased hand forces directly related to increased swimming velocity. Read more...
MODIFICATIONS FOR MASTERS
Published July 2016, SWIMMER Magazine
This When it comes to swimming diversity and inclusion, USMS is the kindest, gentlest organization. Our rule book allows for little-known stroke modifications in backstroke, stroke exceptions in butterfly, and in-water options for racing starts and relay finishes. Read more...
THE SCIENCE OF FRONT CRAWL
Published November 2016, SWIMMER Magazine
Modern science continues to define and direct the future of swimming. Its greatest influences come from underwater motion capture and laboratory studies of biomechanical models and elite athletes. Read more...

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STRAIGHTER ARM FREESTYLE
This just might work for you. The coaches from SwimSmooth in Australia have a short piece on why a straighter arm recovery may work better for OW swimmers in wetsuits. We here at DAM think their rationale works for pool swimming freestyle just as well.

COMFORTABLY UNCOMFORTABLE
is a way of training that is gaining increasing support in the scientific community. We started Ultra Short Race Pace Training (USRPT) last winter [2014] in preparation for the Nationals in Santa Clara. That type of intensive swimming is precisely what is recommended in this New York Times article from June 2014


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