The Central Coast Academy of Sport Swimming Program is going from strength to strength and have been very fortunate to have Ryan Hodierne – Biomechanist from NSWIS at session 2 of the program last weekend. Ryan’s main focus in biomechanics is in swimming, measuring and assessing movements and forces. Ryan can then provide feedback on modifications needed to improve the technical components of performance.
“Today I am bringing it back to the most important elements. I have been talking to the group through the fundamentals, asking them questions and going through the basics. The swimmers had the intent on their turns, needed work on the mechanism. They were made aware through video feedback and talking – then it improved” says Hodierne.
The swimmers performed a series of turns while Ryan was using underwater video to capture errors and work through corrections with the coaches.
Graeme Carroll, The Head Coach of the CCAS Swimming program was thrilled to have Ryan at the session. “Ryan has spent time with the Development Squad identifying areas of improvement to then take home and refine. They have a better understanding of streamline and the benefits of it. The Elite squad had their underwater and stroke skills and turns reviewed to identify areas of improvement”. Steven Critoph, Head of the Elite Squad Program was equally excited to have Ryan work with the athletes as two of his swimmers prepare for 2019 Hancock Prospecting World Swimming Trials.
While Ryan had one group in the water, Brett Doring from Coast Sport had the other group in the Mingara One gym. “The Elite squad have all been into Coast Sport and had their Functional Movement Screening. From the screenings, I have implemented strength and flexibility exercises to address their needs and give them some specific exercises to add to their regular gym program.” In the Gym both squads were also working on exercise to help with explosive power for starts and quick reaction times off the blocks.
Shaye Booth National Age Silver 50metre Backstroke Medallist said of the session “It was great to work with Ryan from NSWIS, using the cameras and then being able to work on your stroke correction and see on the TV what needs to be worked on. Brett from Coast Sport was a great help taking us through an activation session before we got in the water. I picked up some great tips from both Ryan and Brett”