Developing Swimmers: A Comprehensive Programme for Identifying, Training, and Coaching Excellence

Author(s): Michael Brooks


Talent, skill and a passion to compete, these are the characteristics that define elite-level swimmers. As the sport's best coaches know, even the most gifted of athletes won't develop these traits without a plan and one that recognises talent, develops skills and nurtures success. "Developing Swimmers" is the only book to offer a comprehensive, long-term plan beginning at an age-group level. Renowned coach Michael Brooks shares the insights, secrets and strategies that have transformed his athletes and swim teams from novice competitors to distinguished champions.


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Michael Brooks is a veteran of more than 20 years of year-round club, high school, summer league and country club swim coaching. He coaches swimmers ages 8 to 18 so that he can keep the beginning, middle and end of swimmer development in mind at all times.

Chapter 1. Recognizing Swimming Talent; Chapter 2. Developing Swimmers for the Long Haul; Chapter 3. Creating an Environment of Excellence; Chapter 4. Recognizing What to Teach; Chapter 5. Teaching Technique Effectively; Chapter 6. Improving Freestyle and Backstroke; Chapter 7. Improving Butterfly and Breaststroke; Chapter 8. Improving Starts, Turns, and Finishes; Chapter 9. Training Age-Group Swimmers; Chapter 10. Planning for the Short- and Long-Term; Chapter 11. Providing Support Away from the Pool; Chapter 12. Racing Attitudes and Tactics; Chapter 13. Managing Meets for Racing Excellence; Chapter 14. Selecting Meets and Events.

General Fields

  • : 9780736089357
  • : Human Kinetics Publishers
  • : Human Kinetics Publishers
  • : May 2011
  • : 254mm X 178mm
  • : United States
  • : May 2011
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael Brooks
  • : Paperback
  • : 256
  • : 58 illustrations