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High marks for PanAm Sports/UANA Swim Training Camp

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

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The PanAm Sports/UANA Swim Training Camp continues to receive high marks from group chaperone Grace Alvaranga and the two national swimmers Zaneta Alvaranga and Jordan Hines.

A number of days into the nine-day camp saw the two swimmers being exposed to more activities to broaden the scope of their development.

Group chaperone Grace Alvaranga expressed gratitude to the PanAm Sports Development Committee and UANA for initiating this camp. She also thanked the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) for accepting and acting upon the invitation. the elder Alvaranga highlighted that the swimmers were already showing openness to the teaching and improving on their skills, and will return with a wealth of knowledge and experience.

She pointed out that the gym component is missing from most of Jamaica's swim clubs and national programme. “The myths surrounding adolescents and weight training may be a factor in parents and coaches being reluctant to (sending them) the gym, but it builds core strength and ensures joint integrity,” Alvaranga noted from the classroom sessions she has attended with the coaches.

“ASAJ (Aquatic Sports Association of Jamaica) should look seriously into gym sessions for national swimmers as a lot of even the older swimmers here showed weakness in gym/dry land sessions,” the group chaperone lamented.

In addition to the two swimming sessions per day, the swimmers were exposed to a rehab and recovery session of physical therapy and recovery with a high-calibre NFL trainer. Alvaranga (Zaneta) received releasing of tight back muscles with Hines receiving treatment for tight quadriceps. Massage and other treatment methods were employed and both swimmers were upbeat about to use the Normatec Boots.

The Normatec Boots is a device placed over both legs up to waist and is used to rid the body of lactate and restore good circulation.

Videotaping was carried and video analyzing of their stroke will be supplied by Stefano Nurra, one of the top biomechanics and video analyst of Europe (he collaborates with elite athletes of the calibre of Chad Le Clos, Federica Pellegrini, Sarah Sjostrom, Benjamin Proud, Cameron Van Den Burgh and many more).

Countries participating in the camp are Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, St Lucia, Suriname, and Uruguay.

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