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Swimming Backstroke: Do You Have To Hit Your Head?

Backstroke: Do You Have To Hit Your Head?

Running into lane ropers, bumping your head on the end of the pool or worse into other swimmers, all of this is a part of life when you are learning swimming backstroke .... or is it.

Picture of an indoor swimming centre with leaderboards and lanes and flags: swimming backstroke, do you have to hit your head?
Photo by Marcelo Uva on Unsplash

One of the most frustrating things to deal with when you are learning backstroke is the fact that you can't see where you are going.

But you don't have to keep getting injured. There's are a number of good techniques that you can use to stop. Here are just a few.

Tilt your head down and line up with something from where you came from. This method is not my preferred option as it tends to force your feet lower in the water and this makes it harder to swim. But if you have a neck problem it might be right for you.

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One other way, if you are in an indoor pool, is to look at a line in the roof. Now I have to say that I have never been able to get his to work for me. An imaginary line on the roof or even real ones have always been something I have had trouble lining up with. Still, some people swear by this method.

The best way I find is to look out of the side of your goggles and keep the lane rope in view. That way, you not only swim straighter but you keep to your side of the lane, thus avoiding hitting other swimmers.

If anybody uses any other method they find effective let me know.


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