The Swim Stroke Analysis

presented by Jay Dicharry

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Optimal swimming form requires a precise synchronization of both the upper and lower body to propel the body through a medium ten times more dense than air. So how can you tell if something isn’t right? And how can you tell if problems are discrete, or linked to other issues, and most importantly, how can you fix it? In this course we’ll present the Visual Stroke Tool to enable you to derive essential information from a video swim assessment. We’ll build a systematic way to assess imbalances in swimming stroke, and most importantly prescribe corrective drills to ensure that concepts form within the clinic walls are integrated into each and every session in the water. Jay Dicharry will blend his knowledge as a competitive swimmer, coach, and clinician to help you succeed with this challenging population.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS

    Jay Dicharry built his international reputation as an expert in biomechanical analysis as Director of the SPEED Clinic at the University of Virginia. Through this innovative venture, Jay was able to blend the fields of clinical practice and engineering to better understand and eliminate the cause of overuse injuries in endurance athletes. His unique approach goes outside the traditional model of therapy and aims to correct imbalances before they affect your performance. Jay wrote a book on running gait assessments: he is author of “Anatomy for Runners”, writes columns for numerous magazines, and has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. Having taught in the Sports Medicine program at UVA, he brings a strong bias towards patient education, and continues to teach nationally to elevate the standard of care for Therapists, Physicians, and Coaches working with endurance athletes. Originally from New Orleans LA, Jay completed the Masters of Physical Therapy degree at Louisiana State University Medical Center and is a Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist. Jay has had an active research career, and consults for numerous footwear companies, the US Air Force and USA Track and Field. His research focus on footwear and the causative factors driving overuse injury continues at Rebound, and provides his patients with an unmatched level of innovation and success. In addition to his clinical distinction, Jay is a certified coach through both the United States Track and Field Association and the United States Cycling Federation, and certified Golf Fitness Instructor through Titleist Performance Institute. He has a competitive history in swimming, triathlon, cycling, and running events on both the local and national level, and has coached athletes from local standouts to national medalists.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Intro to Visual Stroke Tool

    1. Intro to Visual Stroke Tool

    Don’t make swimming more complex that it has to be. In chapter one, we’ll introduce the Visual Stroke Tool to enable you to identify imbalances in causative biomechanics related to: body position, body rotation, head position, leg drive, and arm pull. You’ll learn powerful drills to help your swimmers feel specific improvements in form.

  2. Case Scenarios - 2 Swimmers

    2. Case Scenarios - 2 Swimmers

    Let’s get hands on and dive in! We will use the Visual Swim Tool to identify issues and imbalances in our swimmers.

  3. Fixing Broken Fish

    3. Fixing Broken Fish

    By now, you understand the pathomechaincs of the swim stroke. You can identify stroke flaws and MSK deficits. Let’s put this all together. We will build a framework to optimize clinical goals and technique goals using mobility and stability work, and will discuss transferring these goals directly into hands-on exercises and drills. You certainly don’t have to be a swim coach to treat your swimmers, but you do have to understand their sport and speak their language.