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HIGH ELBOWS

In part two of his series looking at the basics of front crawl technique, Ocean Walker coach and founder Adam Walker looks at the importance of high elbows in avoiding shoulder injury

One of my biggest lifechanging moments was when I changed my front crawl stroke from overhead arm rotation to a semi-circle elbow push, allowing a relaxed forearm and hand to be led by the elbow. The lats and shoulder joint going outwards not inwards ensures the shoulder socket is protected and not placed in a vulnerable position. This change in technique meant I could keep swimming and complete the Oceans Seven despite my shoulder injury.

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Meeting our readers at events and swims over the summer, I have been struck by how you are never too old (or young) to have a swimming adventure. I hope that the inspiring stories between these covers inspire you to take on your own swimming challenges. In this issue we look at how you can improve your pacing by taking your training outside, long-term contributor Terry Laughlin writes powerfully about how he has kept swimming through his cancer treatment, we meet ultra swimming legend Jaimie Monahan and Becky Horsbrugh’s 80-year-old mum proves that it is never too late to take to the open water. Plus, a new wildlife column, nutrition, training, wild swimming and swimrun wetsuits and event reviews. It’s another bumper issue! Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming. Jonathan Cowie Editor
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