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Swimming Glossary / Jargon Buster!

use our glossary for a better understanding of swimming terminology

The five main phases of the freestyle stroke.
The five main phases of the freestyle stroke. LIKE THE ANIMATION? SEE MORE OF MR SMOOTH.

Use the glossary to jargon-bust the terms below. Click on a '+' to expand each glossary item:

2, 4 or 6 Beat Kick
Bilateral Breathing
Body Position
Body Rotation (=Body Roll)
Bow Wave
Catch
Catch Up Drill
CSS
Dolphin Kick
Drafting
Drag
Drills
Economy (=efficiency)
Extension
Feel For The Water
Fly (abv. of butterfly)
Freestyle (abv. Free) (UK: front-crawl)
Front Quadrant
Glide
Hypoxic
Ironman
Kick Board
Long Course
Medley (Individual Medley - IM)
Olympic Distance Triathlon
Open Water (abv. OW)
Pace Clock
Paddles
Plantar and Dorsi Flexion
Posture
Propulsion
PT Paddles
Pull
Pull buoy
Push
Push turn
Recovery
Rotary (freestyle)
S Shaped Pull
Scissor Kick
Short Course
Sighting
Standard Distance Triathlon
Streamline
Stroke Length
Stroke Rate
Taper
Technique
Threshold (Lactate)
Time Trial (abv. TT)
Torpedo Push Off
Triathlon
Tumble (turn) (also known as flip turn)
Unilateral (breathing)
Wetronome

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