Head Position Contrast Drill (HPC)

Purpose:  To teach athlete what different head positions feel like and determine optimal head position

While swimming normally, alternate between these four head positions.

  1. Looking slightly behind you with chin tucked down
  2. Looking straight down
  3. Looking about 1 yard ahead
  4. Looking 2-3 yards ahead


Head Up:  Advantages of looking forward are that you can more easily sight in open water and it tends to reduce tension in the upper back muscles on recovery.  The main disadvantage is that it can lead to poor leg position in the water--legs are deeper in the water creating more drag.

Head Down:  A lower head position helps correct poor leg position, but can create more tension in upper back and shoulders on recovery. 


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