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Science of Swimming Faster by Scott Riewald and Scott Rodeo, published by Human Kinetics

Human Kinetics is a large American publishing house of sports-related books including the Science of Swimming Faster, co-edited by Scott Riewald and Scott Rodeo and Open Water Swimming by Steven Munatones.

Science of Swimming Faster by Scott Riewald and Scott Rodeo, published by Human Kinetics

Science of Swimming Faster is a book about competitive swimming published by Human Kinetics and edited by Scott Riewald and Scott Rodeo. Riewald and Rodeo have convened the top international swimming scientists, coaches, and athletes to present the latest science on training, technique, and technology for improving swim performance.


  • Scott Riewald is a former biomechanics director for USA Swimming who has worked with Olympic teams and many of the United States’ top swimmers
  • Scott Rodeo is a doctor who specializes in swimmers’ health and served as the team physician for the 2004, 2008, and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams and chair of USA Swimming's Sports Medicine and Science committee,


Science of Swimming Faster is the most in-depth, comprehensive, and accessible resource on the subject. From swimming mechanics and technique to the physiological aspects of training and competition, the book takes the latest discoveries in swimming science and shows athletes how to apply them to their training and competition. Special topics include increasing propulsion and reducing drag, strategies for competition day, and merging mind and body in the pool. The contributors also provide stroke-by-stroke analyses of world-record swims and training recommendations specific to various swimming groups, including developing athletes, female athletes, masters swimmers, and open-water swimmers.

Swimming is one of the most popular competitive sports. According to USA Swimming, the governing body for swimming in the United States, in 2013 a record 340,568 year-round athletes were members of that organization. That’s an increase of 13.2% from the previous year. As participation numbers continue to increase, more athletes and coaches will seek information to achieve their best times. They need Science of Swimming Faster.

Editors Riewald and Rodeo assemble many of the world’s leading swimming experts to reveal the latest in research, technology, training, and performance across the sport. Authoritative and applicable, Science of Swimming Faster dives into the physiology, biomechanics, medicine, psychology, and training for swim performance while providing prescriptive advice along the way.

Table of Contents

Part I Swimming Mechanics and Technique

Part II Physiological Aspects of Training and Competition

Part III Applied Sport Sciences

Part IV Considerations for Special Groups

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