Pan AM Aquatics Water Polo Footwork

pan am aquatics waterpolo    Picture this: soccer in a pool, goalies at either end, players sprinting as they follow the ball…AND no one is allowed to let their feet touch the bottom at any time.  It takes footwork called Egg-Beater Kicks to keep them up and running.

Egg-Beater Kicks

The faster their feet move, the greater the propulsive forces. This gives the players more height in the water.  During their kicks, the right leg moves counterclockwise and the left leg moves clockwise. These alternating circular movements produce an upward force. Their feet trace an elongated oval path almost touching the back of their thighs during maximal knee flexion, finishing in a low position almost under their hips with their knees almost extended.

This is a contact sport. For good measure, water polo players get their toenails checked before games. The nails must not extend past the tip of the digit.

Go to – http://www.toronto2015.org/schedule

Resources:

http://www.toronto2015.org/water-polo

http://waterpolo.isport.com/water-polo-guides/essential-water-polo-gear

http://www.waterpolo.ca/admin/docs/LTAD/EggBeater.pdf

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.   1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)

TRAINING – COMPETITION – PODIUM

PAN AM Aquatics Synchronized Swimming Footwork

pan am aquatics syncho swimming     Poolside, spectators see synchronized dance moves such as twists, pointed toes, splits and lifts. Synchronized swimmers also hold static positions such as the crane, ballet leg double, side fishtail, knight, flamingo, and split positions.

What you don’t see are the Herculean efforts to keep the action above water level.  Below water level, footwork is critical to keep swimmers afloat. Swimmers are penalized if their feet touch the bottom of the pool during the performance. The swimmers must remain buoyant, creating the illusion of standing on their feet or their hands. Their technique is the ‘Egg Beater Kick’.

Footwork of the Egg Beater Kick:

During the kick, the right leg moves counter-clockwise and the left leg moves clockwise. These alternating circular movements produce an upward force. The feet trace an elongated oval path; the faster the feet move the greater the propulsive forces allowing for more height in the water.

Go to….Pan Am Schedule http://www.toronto2015.org/schedule

Resources: 

http://www.toronto2015.org/synchronized-swimming

http://www.seattlesynchro.com/SubTabGeneric.jsp?team=zzssst&_stabid_=70269

http://www.waterpolo.ca/admin/docs/LTAD/EggBeater.pdf

http://greatist.com/fitness/15-things-you-didn%E2%80%99t-know-about-synchronized-swimming

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.   1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)

            TRAINING – COMPETITION – PODIUM

PAN Am Aquatics Swimming (In Pool) Footwork

pan am swimming in pool    Watching the Pan Am pool’s underwater cameras may be the optimal way to appreciate the depth and variety of footwork in swimming. Subtle, swift moves by both hands and feet propel swimmers along their lanes.

Footwork accompanying various swimming strokes: 

Backstroke: The ‘flutter kick’ entails kicking up and down with alternating legs. The kicking motion originates in the hips. Feet point away from the body.

Breaststroke: ‘Whip kick’ footwork has distinct phases: Initially, a glide of extended legs, close together and toes pointed. Then, knees and feet flex and move towards buttocks, pushing against the water. Next, knees part and feet rotate outwards. Then, legs sweep backwards and outwards, pushing against the water with the inside of feet and lower legs. Legs extend backwards but sweep inwards while feet rotate inward. Legs are now pressed together; feet are nearly in contact. Ready to glide and toes pointed, the new stroke cycle begins.

Butterfly: The swimmer’s legs do a simultaneous whipping motion with feet pointed called a ‘dolphin kick’.  As lower legs moves upward, feet are relaxed under pressure from the water. Alternating, the legs are extended and the feet are pointed during a downward motion creating more propulsion. For a short time, the top of the feet face backwards.

Freestyle (Front Crawl): The simple ‘flutter kick’ continues rhythmically during the whole stroke cycle providing propulsion and stability.

And then there’s the Flip Turn: Swimmers perform an underwater roll at the end of their lap and use their feet to push off from the wall.

Go to….Pan Am Schedule –  http://www.toronto2015.org/schedule

Resources:

http://www.toronto2015.org/swimming

http://www.enjoy-swimming.com/learn-to-swim.html

http://www.swimclub.com.au/resources/articles/swimmers/swimming_at_olympics.html

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.   1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV)

TRAINING – COMPETITION – PODIUM