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Sport psychology consultant Helen Davis explains how to use visualisation to perfect your technique


It’s so irritating! You are committed to training regularly, you work hard at drills, and you put in lots of effort every time you swim. You have set yourself a goal of wanting to improve your technique; you have watched videos, listened to your coach, asked fellow swimmers for their advice, yet it just doesn’t seem to be happening… you are getting increasingly frustrated and feeling demoralised. Why is getting technique right so hard?!

When you are physically working hard on drills to improve technique in the water and whatever you try isn’t working, it is worth considering a psychological technique to help you make improvements. It really is worth it, as if used effectively, this psychological tool has consistently given good results for athletes in a wide range of sports, including swimming. Using visualisation to help get that tricky element of your technique right can be really powerful. Visualisation is when you use your senses to recreate or create an experience in your mind. The power of visualisation allows you to practise an element of your technique without physically having to get in water. Evidence says that the brain cannot distinguish between an actual event and one that we visualise, so if you know how you want your technique to be, you can train your brain for successful outcomes.

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FIT FOR LIFE One of the great things about outdoor swimming is that it can be done by people of all ages. Whether it is wild swimming with your kids or entering races in the super vet category, swimming can be part of your life whatever your age. Our July issue has a Fit for Life theme. As we swim through the ages we look at how we can encourage more young people to swim in the open water, how we should adapt our training as we get older, how one school transformed its swimming lessons and how we can use strength training to combat age-related muscle loss. Plus, we meet swimmers of all ages to discuss their relationship with swimming outdoors.