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The Best Head Position for Swimming
Is there an ideal head position? The criteria below will give you a general idea of when you know you have found your sweet spot for head position.
The other day I was swimming at the gym and one of the guys told me that I was swimming with my head too low. I asked my training partner to look at me and he said that my head was completely submerged, just barely. However, my balance looked fine (hips and feet were just below the water). Do I need to have my head higher? Most advice I found was for head position that was too high. I tried having my head higher, which made my breathing a little easier, but my balance felt off. I didn't feel like I was gliding through the water as well.
Answer from Coach Kevin Koskella and Chris Hague
Many swimmers like to look up as they swim, which obviously can cause serious problems with body position. The lower body tends to sink, rotation can be thrown off, and the neck becomes strained. Less common, yet still potentially problematic, is looking too low (almost backwards) in the water. When this occurs the head and shoulders becomes completely submerged, which can cause drag and wastes energy. So is there an ideal head position?
Yes, there is, but that ideal head position is only ideal for you and depends significantly on your body type. Since everyone has a different body composition ranging from muscular to lean to pear shaped, everyone has a different balance point in the water, and thus a different head position to maintain that balance point. The criteria below will give you a general idea of when you know you have found your sweet spot for head position:
Overall, the clock will be the final indicator of an efficient head position. If you swim faster with less energy by looking slightly forward or slightly behind then do it.
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