All sporting journeys require a team effort, and swimming is no different! There are many aspects to consider when you are moving through the development pathway. Here are a few great resources and reference points you might find useful during your time in the sport.
- Australian Swimmers Association
- ASADA Anti-Doping Information
- Athlete Recovery & Sleep
- Tips For Parents
The Australian Swimmers' Association (ASA) is the representative body for National level swimmers in Australia.
The ASA is the voice for the swimmers and their point of contact for all issues affecting them. They provide the communication channels to ensure their members know what is happening in the sport with Swimming Australia, the States and other stakeholders, to make sure that swimmers receive the best possible support and environment
Swimming Australia provides an extensive list of anti-doping resources, including the latest policies, supplement warnings and the most recent Prohibited List. It is important that all athletes keep up to date with anti-doping information as there may be slight changes each year that could affect them.
An athlete's recovery is very important to enable the best effort to be given in their regular training environment, as well as during times of competition. Sleep is an essential component and is especially crucial during adolescents where the body is growing at a fast rate.
The Australian Institute of Sport has some great tips for making the most of your sleep.
The Gatorade Sports Science Institute published an interesting study on sleep and the benefits for elite athletes.
In a study published in the Sports Medicine Journal in 2014, there were some interesting findings around nutritional interventions that can enhance sleep for athletes.
The food we eat has a direct impact on athletic performance and overall health and wellbeing. When involved in sport and wanting your body to perform at a certain level, it's essential to be choosing the best food options.
This article has been written by Sports Dietitians Greg Shaw and Steph Gaskell and includes fantastic tips on the swimming nutrition jigsaw puzzle!
Getting through a school day can be a challenge for young swimmers, so having the right mix of foods in your lunch box can be a huge help! This article outlines what you can put in your lunch box to make sure you are getting the right mix of foods throughout your day!
Accredited Sports Dietitian, Steph Cronin, shares some great tips on maximising your swimming performance on her website.
The Australian Institute of Sport has published a great resource for parents which includes their top 10 tips on how to nurture and support your child's sporting development.