Dr Brent Rushall, PhD, RPsy
is Professor Emeritus of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at
San Diego State University. He is also a four time Olympic Team
Psychologist for Canada and is a member of the Olympic Club of
Canada. Dr Rushall has consulted many international sports teams
and organizations, primarily in the area of performance enhancement.
His articles, manuals, and assessment tools have been translated
into several languages and used by many elite athletes around
Brent Rushall race-pace training methodologies are used by
Coach Peter Andrew to train National Age Group Record holder,
and the youngest pro swimmer in U.S. history, Michael Andrew.
Rushall has challenged traditional sport's training methodologies
which have focused on high volume training and other questionable
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A brief description of what are and are not acceptable knowledge
criteria for swimming coaches is offered. Concern is expressed
about the growing magnitude of belief-based coaching principles
and advice which have the potential to depreciate coaching quality
further. When information is limited to evidence-based research,
a rich source of valid and reliable coaching knowledge is available.
A sample of the implications of that knowledge is presented and
covers the following topics:
- A physiological emphasis
- Altitude training
- Whole-arm propulsion
Because of the dissonance between established opinions and
the implications of data-based research, mixed reactions in the
audience are expected. Also see The Future of Swimming: "Myths and Science"
PDF (as referenced in slide show).