Archivo de February 2011

World Book of Swimming: From Science to Performance

By Iñigo Mujika , el 21 de February de 2011

Back in 2002 I made a first attempt at editing a book on applied swimming science, with contributions from the world’s best experts in all areas relevant to swimming performance. The project looked great, but the publisher I submitted it to did not show much interest as the book could harm the sales of another book they had just put in the market. A few weeks after the project was rejected my life made a major turn that took me to the Australian Institute of Sport for two years, and I was way too busy there to push the project forward, so I forgot about it.

Fortunately, my colleagues (and friends) Ludovic Seifert and Didier Chollet of the University of Rouen, France, were more persistent than me, and asked for my permision to relaunch the project a couple of years ago. Of course, I could only say yes, and after many months of hard work by Ludovic, Didier (merci Ludo, merci Didier!), myself, and all the experts contributing to the book (thank you all!), it is now ready to hit the shelves (and the pool decks).

The book gathers the most up-to-date information on swimming science, but also translates that information to a simple language for the improvement of coaching and training practice in swimming. In other words, the book bridges the gap between research and coaching, between theory and practice. You can find more information on the book contents, contributors and purchase:

World Book of Swimming: From Science to Performance

Eneko Llanos: “I think I still have room for improvement”

By Iñigo Mujika , el 15 de February de 2011

A few days ago Eneko and I were interviewed by the journalist of Diario de Noticias de Álava Borja Lazkano at USP Araba Sport Clinic, where Eneko had to do a cycle ergometer test to evaluate his fitness level and adjust his preparation for the Abu Dhabi Triathlon taking place next 13th of March.

In the interview, the Long Distance Triathlon European Champion (among many other titles) stated that he still has room for improvement, and I totally agree. As a matter of fact, the results of the test we carried out that day indicated some degree of progression with respect to the values obtained in previous years. Although we both know that anything can happen during competition and that every race is a whole new world, we are optimistic for this season, characterised by less racing than 2010, but equally exciting.

Read the interview in Diario de Noticias de Alava (Spanish):

Read the interview (PDF, Spanish):

Prevention of sudden death in sport

By Iñigo Mujika , el 8 de February de 2011

The death of well known athletes during or little after taking part in sport activities has a major impact in the media, and besides being a terrible tragedy for those closer to the affected athlete and the sport, it produces social alarm and rises the following question: how is it possible that an apparently healthy athlete undergoing continuous medical evaluations can lose their life while practising a supposedly healthy activity?

At USP Araba Sport Clinic we consider that part of the solution lies in prevention, and we do our best to offer athletes of all levels the most complete screening tests, carried out by highly qualified specialists, such as our sport cardiologist Dr. Angel Alonso.

Angel was interviewed this week by Diario de Noticias de Álava on the subject of sudden death in sport and its prevention.

Here is the interview (in Spanish), hoping that we all understand the importance of safe sport practice.

Read the interview (PDF): El camino hacia un deporte más seguro