Discovering the wrong front crawl body position can sometimes be easier than find the right one. Correct swimming position in the water for front crawl means less chance of sinking.
However, it's not just about your position relative to the water surface. It is very much about the 'shape' that your body creates as you move through the water - and that means focusing on small details such as head, hand and feet positioning.
Good swimming is all about efficiency through the water, and an effective, streamlined body position in the water helps to get the maximum efficiency possible. This means you swim using the minimum amount of energy.
1. The head position for front crawl in crucial. The waterline is around the natural hairline with eyes looking forward and down.
2. The head must remain still (apart from when breathing) in order to maintain a balanced and rhythmical movement. Excessive movement of the head will cause the rest of the body to become unbalanced and its overall movement will be inefficient.
3. Shoulders remain at the surface and roll with the arm action.
4. Hips also roll with the stroke technique, close to the water surface and the legs remain in line with the body.
5. Hands and feet must be together throughout the swimming stroke as this gives the body its efficiency, allowing it to move smoothly though the water.
The common body position mistakes made are with head position and hand and feet position during the stroke.
The best exercise to practice perfecting the correct body position and shape is a push and glide from the poolside. The swimmer pushes off from the pool wall or floor and glides across the water surface, keeping the head central and hands together and feet touching together.
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