Sports Science Topic - June 9, 2009

Jun 9, 2009
Sports Science Topic - June 9, 2009

There are many variations of freestyle, and most are successful based on the athlete and the event duration.  However, a number of world-class swimmers use a combination of two styles. One arm employing a high-elbow, anchor-based option, the other arm using a straight-arm, underwater-anchor option. This hybrid technique is normally known as a gallop stroke since the swimmer surges on one side and looks like they sink on the other.  Are there benefits to this style, and should more athletes employ it as a viable option? 

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