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Swim Camp @ Butler University

VIDEO RECORDING & ANAYLSIS

Imperfect Training: The First Thing a Swimmer Must Change

“Practice does not make perfect. Perfect Practice makes Perfect.”
--Vince Lombardi

Swimmers spend countless hours training in the pool. Do you want to spend those countless hours reinforcing 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. To do this, you must break bad habits.

Importance of Video Recording a Swimmer

Swimming is an unquestionably highly technical sport, possibly the most technical of any sport due to the nature of the medium in which swimmers compete in: WATER! For example, elite cyclists spend thousands of dollars to make their bicycles and gear aerodynamic. By comparison, water is 784 times denser (at sea level) than air! Therefore, the dynamics (how you move through the water) is critically important, more so than any other sport.

Additionally, and unlike any other sport, where the athlete can be told and shown what he/she is doing wrong real time, swimmers do not have this luxury. Unfortunately for swimmers, our heads are under the water. The only (and “Old School”) ways was to try and correct stroke deficiencies is by stopping the swimmer and telling them what they are doing incorrectly. This is a poor way of fixing swimming deficiencies.

Swimmers (especially inexperienced ones) MUST see and visualize what they are doing wrong and then be explained how to correct the error. Simply put, corrections must happen out of the pool. To do this, the swimmer must have high quality video footage where both the coach and swimmer can see problems.

Swim Clinics Require Video Recording Session prior to Clinic:

All four-day swim clinics REQUIRE each swimmer to purchase our 3-axis triangulated videotaping session. (details described below). Unlike camp recording sessions, these recording happen prior to the start of our stroke clinic.

The coaching staff (during stroke clinics) will utilize your child’s video when working with the swimmer. This is a core part of the clinic. Remember, our clinics are low in numbers with many coaches. We will have viewing monitors on deck pulling up the swimmer’s video session and discussing stroke problems.

Video Session Scheduling and Cost ($130.00)

Video sessions are typically 30 minutes in length. All four of the swimmer’s strokes are recorded. Each stroke is recorded from multiple angles and then the recordings are synchronized. All of this is described below.

All video sessions are scheduled in advance and payment occurs at the time of the video session through cash, check or invoice. You do not pay for this at the time you sign up for the camp/clinic. Once you have confirmed your session (either through camp request or by signing up for one of our clinics), our staff members will schedule your child for his/her session.

Description and Reasoning for a Three-Axis Video Synchronized Recording

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 Three-Axis Video Recording

Below is a sample of the 3-axis video when compiled and synchronized.

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.

Detailed Expert Coaching Analysis

Once your video has been completed, you will have the option of additionally having an expert coach analyze your video with the swimmer, parents and a highly qualified coach. The entire session is video recorded for you to take home for reference as your child improves.

At the time of your child’s video session, we will explain further details regarding this session.

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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