Thursday, April 21, 2011
The Science of Swimming - James E. Counsilman
Virtually every aspect of the sport of swimming is covered in the volume. With some exceptions on body position, much Counsilman's details on each of the strokes as well as starts and turns are still very much as are being taught today. The much of artwork and photography in the book could be used in any swim text today.
The methods of training in the book include interval training (cutting edge methodology at the time), dryland training, and progressions within a season. In his detailed writing he gives example sets, exercises, etc used in his program at Indiana.
Counsilman covers season planning, Age Group swimming, educational concepts, nutrition, even motivation of swimmers. Fundamentally speaking, this book is as sound as any swimming text. There have been others (Maglischo & Colwin) who have written other great swimming books but, in my opinion, Councilman's remains the seminal work on the sport.
I strongly encourage you to acquire a copy. I found a few copies at Amazon.com that I am giving to my staff, but the book is no longer in print. If you want to add a copy to your coaching library I wouldn't wait too long.