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Swim Camp @ Butler University

Importance of Swimming Videos and Analysis

The heart of our camp is stroke technique and stroke analysis. We pride ourselves in teaching swimmers the skills needed to excel to elite levels in swimming. One of the unique aspects of our camp are our stroke and video analysis.

This pages offers a detailed explanation of the different types of videos and recommends what type of video you should chose for the camp. Purchases are not made here, but rather will come prior to the start of camp through invoices which are add-ons to the camp.

With the video, the swimmer learns how to quickly modify (or change) their stroke for optimal hydrodynamics through the pool. Remember, 90% of swimming is about technique and that dynamics is critical for improvement. You may be the best “athlete” on the planet, but if you don’t understand how to best move through the pool, you are fighting the water which slows you down. Learn how to make the water work with you, not against you.

Impact of Training Incorrectly

Swimmers spend countless hours training in the pool. Do you want to spend those countless hours reinforcing bad habits that translate into poor competition times or do you want to truly improve to be the best?

Change how you train! When you practice, that is how you compete! Learn to practice correctly so you know how to compete correctly! That is the purpose of these videos: (1) see exactly what you are doing incorrectly and (2) change those bad habits in the pool.

Even if you are tired, breaking down and training incorrectly only reinforces how to train incorrectly in competition.

TDSC’s Unique Video Analysis System through FastFish

TDSC is partnered with FashFish, a company that works on swimming video analysis. Their system has a unique 3 angle system which is explained and shown below:

1. Front-end underwater alignment revealing the swimmer’s body position

About “body position” recording:

Video footage records from an underwater GoPro Hero 3+ HD camera that follows the swimmer down the length of the pool while recording directly in front of the swimmer. The camera progresses with the athlete as the swimmer advances forward, providing a clear (high frame rate at HD resolution) frontal view of the swimmer’s stroke technique. (Please refer to the picture above.)

What is revealed from this angle?

This “body position” footage reveals hands, feet and body position from a cephalic (head) position presenting motions perpendicular to the camera. Sculling (hand motion) through the water, body position, head position, and surface potion are clearly shown for quick analysis by a qualified technical expert. This view shows how a swimmer maintains vertical and horizontal position while progressing through the pool.

Recording:

The HD footage is shot at 120 frames per second at 720p resolution.

Strokes:

Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle.

2. Over-the-body video revealing the swimmer’s stroke alignment

About “stroke alignment” recording:

Video footage records from a second GoPro Hero 3+ HD camera positioned directly above the swimmer. The camera progresses with the athlete as the swimmer advances forward, providing a clear (high frame rate at HD resolution) from a top or “sky” view of the swimmer’s stroke technique. (Please refer to the picture above.)

What is revealed from this angle?

This second “stroke alignment” camera position reveals streamlining problems. Misaligned body position (especially in backstroke and freestyle, see diagram)—made evident through this video angle—quickly show when a swimmer “zig-zags” through the pool. Synchronization of the hands and feet (in butterfly and breaststroke) can also be clearly seen from this position.

This critical camera angle (very important for younger and newer swimmers) shows how water friction hinders a swimmers progress through the pool. Making sure the swimmer swims straight down the pool and does not have a “side-to-side” motion can really help the swimmer’s time.

Recording:

The HD footage is shot at 120 frames per second at 720p resolution.

Strokes:

Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle.

3. Side-view video revealing the swimmer’s hydrodynamic propulsion

About “hydrodynamic propulsion” recording:

Video footage records from a third GoPro Hero 3+ camera positioned parallel (side-view) position to the swimmer. The camera progresses with the athlete as the swimmer advances forward, providing a clear (high frame rate at HD resolution) from a side-view of the swimmer’s stroke technique. (Please refer to the picture above.)

What is revealed from this angle?

This third “hydrodynamic propulsion” camera position shows how well a swimmer “catches” and controls the water. The hands and feet reveal just how well the swimmer is able to manipulate the water in an advantageous fashion. Does the swimmer drop their elbows and slip through the pool? Is the swimmer “bobbing” on backstroke? How smoothly are they moving through the pool? What does their ankle flexibility look like? How efficient is their kick?

This angle shows the “fluidity” of their movement through the pool and how well their hands and feet are synchronized.

Recording:

The HD footage is shot at 120 frames per second at 720p resolution.

Strokes:

Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Freestyle.

Sample of FastFish Triangular Swimming Video

Below is a sample of the three angle or “Tri-Angle” video when complied together and synchronized. The advantage of this type of recording becomes obvious. A swimming expert and the swimmer can clearly see from multiple angles stroke deficiencies (described above). Watch below to see the results:

Sample Video of Tri-Angle Swimming Video for Analysis

This is a sample video for one of our higher end packages

Video packages will be discussed more as we get closer to the camp. We just wanted to let you know in advance about the unique video opportunity presented at our camp.

THIS CAMP IS INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED. IT IS IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH BUTLER UNIVERSITY.
This camp is open to any and all entrants. For your safety and benefit, we recommend you have competitive swimming experience (e.g. U.S.S. age group, national qualifiers, high school swimmers, or summer league swimmers) and can swim at least 50 yards in all four competitive strokes: fly, back, breast and freestyle.

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