Swim, Bike, Run
In addition to my full-time career in massage therapy, I also coach swimmers and triathletes for strength and conditioning. I work with Frank Sole and Sole Swim Solutions, and the emphasis is definitely on technique. I am the first to admit that I am terrible in the swim, bike, and run! But that being said, I have the privilege of training some of the best swimmers and triathletes out there, as well as getting tutelage from a great coach like Frank Sole. I have worked with many swimmers and triathletes and have gotten great results because the principals are always the same: restore the body back into balance and anatomic neutrality.
What makes someone a great athlete often comes at the expense of living in pain when doing the other things in life. As an example, holding the “areo” position in cycling will get you faster, but often at the expense of neck and low back pain. I assess range of motion on the common areas that get compromised in the swim, bike, and run. If movement is missing, simply restoring that full range of motion is often all that is needed to eliminate the pain and improve the performance.
I have a special place in my heart for high school swimmers. I swam in high school myself, and I know first hand the long grueling workouts twice a day. I have seen many kids develop long-term problems because of overusing their shoulders while in a bad position. It’s like driving with the parking brake on. It doesn’t matter if you are a fast driver, if you have the parking brake on you will get problems without a doubt. The best thing to do is to get a movement assessment and identify any potential problem areas.