About Infant Swimming

A major concern is that the chemicals in the pool will harm the infant’s developing lungs. Chlorine’s byproduct trichloramine could be detrimental to a child’s health. In the past, chlorine was though of as a good thing because it disinfected the pool. However, researchers are looking into how chlorine affects children. It is hypothesized that there is a correlation between chlorine and childhood asthma and recurrent bronchitis. Significant concern centers around very young children who are exposed to the aerosols and toxic gases found in the air of indoor chlorinated pools.

Alfred Bernard, a Belgian researcher, has led the most recent studies. He warns we need stricter regulations of air quality in indoor pool areas where infants are exposed. Until more conclusive studies can be performed, it is important to prevent a potential harmful situation. Last year Bernard published a study that linked indoor chlorinated swimming pools to prevalence of asthma in children of various countries.

Generally, trichloramine is not considered a problem in well-ventilated areas. However, pools reduce ventilation to save money on energy costs.

Since children generally swim in shallow pools that are more heavily polluted and often accidentally swallow water, it likely

Becoming An Elite Tennis Player

Commitment To Excellence

The top players train their mind, bodies and spirit everyday.

Through this daily training, they are able to strengthen all 3 at the same time!!

The key factor being.

How they train.

They train at a high level, even when they aren’t feeling good, and this is the sign of an elite player, who is determined to be the best they can be.

How about you?

Do you train and give your all in practice everyday?

Clearly Define Goals.

Your tennis goals need to be written down on paper and posted up for you to see and picture daily to yourself.

You also need to keep writing them down and rewriting them in present tense.

This create the clarity that you need when working on your goals.

Question.

How often do you write down your tennis goals?

Play To Win.

The top tennis players play to win all the time.

They never even enter a tennis match, until they have won that match in their minds first!!

This allows them to pre-program themselves for victory on the court.

Tennis Side Stitches

The point is important so you think you can work through it. The pain worsens so you stop. Once you stop, the pain usually disappears. You have just experienced a side stitch.

The side stitch is caused by a muscle spasm of the diaphragm. When we inhale, air comes into the lungs and presses the diaphragm downward. When we exhale, the diaphragm moves upward. When you eat a big meal right before you play tennis or when air has gotten trapped below the diaphragm, a cramp (stitch) can occur.

How can you get past a side stitch? The best immediate action is to try to stretch out the cramping muscle. This can be done by alternating your breathing pattern. Take a deep breath in and hold it for a few seconds. Then force the air back out through puckered lips to restrict the air flow. Other professionals have mentioned that crouching down and stretching tall helps by flexing the abs.

Best way to avoid side stitches? Increase your fitness and conditioning training to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Make sure that you do not consume too much food or liquid prior to play because the added

Be Safe in the Water

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the water on a hot summer day. But there is also a lot of chance for a child, or a person can be in danger while in the water beach, pool, or the like. Here are some ways to ensure that your child is danger-proof while in the water. By taking note of these tips, you and your family can truly enjoy a fun day of swimming!

Obey pool rules. There is no substitute for following rules, especially in the swimming pool. Take this tip and you are sure to be on the safe side one step ahead.

Never allow your child to swim alone. There has to be adult supervision that you and your child can count on while the tyke takes a dip in the pool or the beach.

For adults, especially when you wish to swim farther away from the shore, you’ve got to have a swim buddy to accompany you.

Avoid prank plays in the pool like pushing people onto the water, or jumping on others in the pool.

Swim in the areas where the depth is just right for you. In

Things To Do Before A Tennis Match

The Mental Battle

Get your mind right before you step out there, by doing some warrior meditation in a quiet place.

After you have your thoughts under control.

“Picture yourself playing your best tennis on court, feel that emotion that comes with it and also talk yourself up with some empowering affirmations”.

The object here is to embrace the challenge and get your mind ready for mental warfare. (Shout out to Scott Bolan)

Go Over Your Battle Plan

Okay, after you get your mind ready for the match.

Take another look at your battle plan.

Again, picture yourself out there executing your shots and doing it under pressure.

Tennis is a feel game and if your plan doesn’t feel right for that day, tweak it a bit and focus on seeing it through.

Have a Plan B and C

You will need a back up plan, if your game plan doesn’t workout for you during the start of the match.

So think it out all on paper.

Strategize your plan, until it becomes so clear to you, that you can actually feel it.

This actually

Learn Tennis Faster

Tennis is a motor skill sport.

This is a game of movement and FEEL.

So in practice and in your lessons, make sure that you are working on your shadow swings as much as you can.

The more the better too, the first thing I do with all my students is have them start doing more shadow swings off the court.

You also need to be working on them before practice.

Get in some extra reps at home, you can and should do these reps before you sleep, that way, your subconscious mind will be working on them while you sleep.

Try to watch some videos before you practice the swings, to get a clear image of the stroke in your mind, then stop the video and picture yourself doing the stroke.

Then start doing your shadow swings.

Start off slowly and build up speed for the swing.

Don’t grip the racket so tight either, because this will negate your feel for the stroke.

“Most tennis players at all levels don’t do this enough and as a results, their timing isn’t consistent on their strokes, doing shadow swings

Swimming Techniques

  • Kick harder, pull harder and increase your stroke rate (the frequency of your strokes)
  • Improve your technique

The first option is what 99% of swimmers will do in order to speed up and move faster through the water. There is nothing wrong with this, in fact it’s required if you want to swim at your fastest. Though there is another side to the equation.

Kicking and pulling harder means you’ll tire quicker and lactic acid will kick in sooner than if you weren’t swimmer hard. There is a limit to how long you can swim at a faster pace if you’re working harder in order to swim quicker. There is an easier way to increase swim speed. You can improve your technique.

Improving your technique is not only easier than trying harder, it’s also a lot smarter! Learning to swim with great technique is important because:

  • It reduces your frontal resistance – Resistance is what stops most swimmers from improving. Your body creates enormous resistance against the water, and the faster you travel in water the resistance increases exponentially.
  • You can swim faster for longer – Let’s face it, excellent swimming technique might be hard to

Keys To Consistent Serve

Ball Position

Now after you have the ball toss consistent from your hand, let the ball bounce after you toss it. The ball should bounce or drop directly in front of you in the 12 o’clock or 1 o’clock positions. Remember, your toss should be high enough that your racket will make contact at the ball toss peak.

NOTE: If you are a beginner, I must warn you that if you let it bounce from 10 o’clock to 11 o’clock positions, you may experience back problems and/or inconsistent serves. The professionals can do this from years of experience and more often than not on a second serve, they are trying to serve it in that position for a advanced serve, called a kick serve.

Toss and Serve

OK, back to the toss. Now that we have a consistent toss we need to coordinate the swinging arm with the toss. First, you will need to use a eastern grip as your serving grip on the racket. Now, toss the ball up as you learned earlier, and bring your racket back “simultaneously”, behind your head as if you are scratching your back or throwing a baseball.

Deadly Sins of Tennis

Not Judging The Ball

It’s very common for a beginner to lack judgment in where the ball is going to go and how fast it’s going to get there and play appropriately. A beginner often thinks the ball is going to be shorter than it actually is. They rush to the ball and consequently hit the ball to hard and are off balance when they get there. They don’t realise that the ball will actually fly deeper.

Hitting The Ball Too Hard

Another big challenge for a beginner is how not to hit the ball too hard. They see a ball and swing at it. A beginner is only thinking of connecting with the oncoming ball and they may panic a little. One of the main reasons for hitting too hard is that they don’t have a target. Your arm doesn’t know how much it should swing, if you know the distance then you can get a feel for what force is required.

Being too Tight

Being too tight is another challenge. When you start playing tennis you contract too many muscles and you lose that all important feel and can hit the

Strategies For Match Play

Play Each Point Harder Than The Last One.

This is my favorite strategy of them all.

It’s the most powerful one too!!

Just think if you could play each point harder than the last one and then keep doing it for the whole match?

How tough would it be to beat you?

Exactly.

Very tough and many players will not want to face you in matches.

Nobody wants to play a player with this type of mindset and the reason is obvious.

“Tennis players who adopt and apply this type of mindset in matches are the hardest ones to play and beat consistently.”

Play Each Point Like It Is The Last One Of Your Career.

This strategy is tied to the last one.

Your ideal strategy for matches should look something like this.

Start off the match playing each point harder than the last one, then also start playing each one like it maybe the last one of your career.

Follow those tactics in every match and you will not be losing that many of them.

Most players don’t realize how many cheap points