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.

Product Information

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

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