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Friday, September 22, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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dress rehearsal for Two Legs Bad, an aquatic ballet adapting George Orwell's Animal Farm and staged in a New Orleans swimming pool
USA Swimming has clarified its position on the so-called "Lochte Rule" on body position after a flip turn.

Keep an eye out for these storylines for women swimmers and men swimmers for the upcoming NCAA swimming season. (Swim Swam)

Britain's most successful swimmer ever, 22-year-old Adam Peaty is already considering his legacy. (The Set Pieces)

With this hot new swimming-pool workout, you can hear the hip-hop soundtrack and the coach's directions thanks to amphibious headphones. (LA Times, with video)

Check out these practical tips for tapering your swim (and bike and run) the week before your triathlon. (220 Triathlon)

Pro footballer ('soccer player' in the U.S.) İlkay Gündoğan is spending a lot of time in the swimming pool as he recovers from a torn ACL. (New York Times)

A new class uses mermaid tails to help teach girls swimming skills and water safety. (Star-Tribune)

Inspired by the Iron Man movie franchise, two young engineers used 3D printers to create these amazing underwater jetpacks:


Thursday, September 21, 2017

ITU Rotterdam Wrap-up: Inside the Endless Pools Tent

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The Endless Pools swimming machines tent at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam 2017 Expo
Last week, we were honored to participate in the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam. Accomplished triathletes, age-group and professional, stopped by the Endless Pools® tent to dip in to our signature swimming machine. 

As you can read in the Instagram captions below, these triathletes used the Endless Pool for rapid gains in their technical training, warm-ups, tapering, and just the sheer love of swimming.

Triathletes praise the Endless Pool and its adjustable swim current for a most remarkable recreation of open water conditions. With more than 50 speed settings, the pool can serve all levels of swimmer, from cool-downs to sprints to high-intensity interval training.

The Endless Pool gives these swimmers immediate and detailed feedback. Swimming in place lets them observe their technique in real time with our underwater swim mirrors; it also allows for video analysis that would be near impossible in open water.

Thanks to our Netherlands dealer, MaroZwembaden, for their invaluable assistance at the ITU Rotterdam Expo, and our congratulations to all the inspiring triathletes who made it to Rotterdam!



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Dr. Scott Wise Dipped into New Markets

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Dr. Scott Wise of Wise Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
"We're a sports medicine practice first," asserts Dr. Scott Wise. He opened Wise Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Western Pennsylvania in 1995. In recent years, he decided to "recapture the [Medicare] market," an expansion in his practice that lead him to install an Endless Pool® for aquatic therapy … and other revenue-generating programs. 

Two False Starts
"In 1999, we had a full pool-complex bid out," Dr. Wise recalls. "We decided cost was prohibitive," as might be expected for any independent practice contemplating new construction.

In 2014, Dr. Wise briefly considered a HydroWorx pool for his existing location, but "it was pre-built and didn't give us any customization options." With the lack of an adjustable swim current, the HydroWorx pool "certainly didn't meet our needs to swim or do balance work."

He then turned to Endless Pools. In addition to featuring a fully adjustable swim current, the Endless Pool resolved his problems thanks to its modular construction: it allows for installation in existing rooms, saving on the cost of a new "complex," and for customization for a range of uses and locations.

Dr. Wise opted for a 15'-square Dual Propulsion Endless Pool featuring side-by-side currents for swimming and resistance. The addition of two Underwater Treadmills created new avenues for rehab and cross-training.

Opening New Doors
To accept Medicare, treatment "has to be one-on-one," Dr. Wise reports. The compact Endless Pool, with dedicated swim/treadmill stations, allows for the individual treatment of Medicare-eligible seniors with, for example, "osteoarthritis, cardiac rehab, [and] a lot of people with bad heart conditions that also have bad knees."

The Endless Pool gave Wise PT additional treatment options for their core audience, "our sports clients – high school, college, weekend warriors." Dr. Wise's experience has shown him that aquatic therapy can "get kids back faster."

A one-on-one learn-to-swim lesson in the Dual Propulsion Endless Pool at Wise Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine
Learning to swim is less intimidating in the relatively shallow, warm-water Endless Pool. At Wise Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, the pool permitted them to "recapture the [Medicare] market" with one-on-one aquatic therapy. The pool also expanded their capabilities for their core audience of student and adult athletes, delivering new revenue streams for the two-location practice.

Quantifying Outcomes
"Outcomes are better, quicker" with the Endless Pool, Dr. Wise reports. With more than a decade of in-house case studies on older patients, he finds, "with Achilles reconstruction surgery, effectively we get about 22% quicker return than without the pool.

"We're getting people mobile more quickly. We can get them out of the boot and into the water." Without the pool, treatment of these seniors takes about 16 weeks, on average. With the addition of therapy in the Endless Pool, Dr. Wise and his team have shortened that time to around 12 weeks.

"And they're happier," he concludes of the Achilles/pool patients. Thanks to gentle aquatic therapy, "they don't have hip or back pain," which he reports are common "secondary conditions that arise" with Achilles damage.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Marathon swimmer Ben Lecomte
Marathon swimmer Ben Lecomte has a strong new ally in his plan to swim across the Pacific Ocean. (Daily Breeze)

Is one hand weaker than the other? A new swim tracker – worn as rings on your middle fingers – may help you correct that. (Reuters video)

Five years ago, he was a refugee; this weekend, he'll swim 12km to raise money for classrooms in South Africa. (News24)

Find out why former world swimming champion James Magnussen believes that he wouldn't be talent-scouted if he were a 16-year-old today. (News.com.au)

A 15-year-old kidnapping victim escaped after 29 days in captivity … by swimming across a lake! (NY Daily News)

What's it like to take a baby swim class with Michael and Boomer Phelps? (TODAY)

Berlin travel tip: lake swimming is easily accessible in the heart of town. (New York Times)

Olympic swimmers Cammile Adams and Allison Schmitt are pitching in to help Houston-area swimmers hurt by Hurricane Harvey. (Swimming World)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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U.S. swimmer Reece Whitley at the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships
Hear from the young U.S. swimmers who won the Team Trophy at this week's 2017 FINA World Junior Championships. (Swim Swam). For the first time, the event had a minority organization as presenting sponsors. (Fox59)

Free and low-cost learn-to-swim programs are beginning to close swimming's racial divide. (New York Times)

A German chemistry professor finished his awareness-raising swim of the entire Tennessee River. (Times Free Press)

Check out these recommendations for the best swimming trackers. (TechAdvisor)

UK swimming sensation Adam Peaty returned to Africa to open the play park that he helped fund. (BBC, with video)

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Friday, August 25, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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A swimmer using the ISO Strapless isolation paddles by FINIS
Olympic gold-medal swimmer Simone Manuel penned a candid article on being a role model for young African-Americans and why she wants to be more than "the Black swimmer." (Essence)

Already this year, the USA Swimming Foundation surpassed $500,000 in grants to help lower-income kids learn to swim.

Check out these 5 storylines to watch at the 2017 World Junior Swimming Championships. (Swim Swam)

Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, known for "The Swimming Song," ranks his 10 best places to swim. But one swimming hole in Upstate New York is falling victim to its own Internet fame. (New York Times)

A Spanish Masters swimmer took a minute of silence – on the block, at the beginning of a race – to honor the victims of the terror attacks in Catalonia (The Sun, with video)

Swim coach and open water swimmer Joe Zaemaitis completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming! (Swimming World) Also, watch three swimmers as they relay across the 70 km of Lake Geneva (Reuters, with video) and a 49-year-old open water swimmer reflects on her successful crossing of Lake George. (Post-Star)


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