Sports Science Topic – March 30, 2009

I often hear coaches say that backstroke is freestyle upside down. They’re both long-axis strokes, seem to use the same leveraging actions, so they should be in the same family. So can you apply to backstroke the same basic principles that you use with freestyle?

I thought this would be appropriate since there was some discussion with regard to Miss Hoelzer’s entry pattern, and Billy mentioned Aaron Peirsol… albeit in a freestyle context. I’ll use a phrase my favorite professor always used when setting up a discussion paper.  There is no wrong answer, just differing opinions, so don’t be shy about jumping in there.