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In This Issue
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Really Cool Club Website
Getting Started with a Healthy Shoulder
Have an Opinion?
Balancing the Three Ring Circus
We've Got Spirit
On Deck
About Us
3000/6000 Yard Postal

Congratulations to the
Go The Distance Swimmers of This Month!

Kathy Boyer, Sean George, and Carrie Kostopulos-Doebler

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Maintaining a balanced life is healthy, however it is often very challenging. We understand busy schedules and crazy lives full of carpools, back to school, business travel and everything else that comes with an adult life. Our advice: take time for yourself. Enjoy your swims (when you can fit them in) and make the most out of every stroke!

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Getting Started with a Healthy Shoulder
by Dr. Jim Miller

Swimming injuries are almost always related to stroke technique flaws. Overuse injuries in swimmers may involve the neck, lower back, elbow, or knee, but by far, the most common injuries involve the shoulder. Medical research reveals that between 60 and 80 percent of all swimmers will have a shoulder related injury, requiring them to take a break from training for one week or longer, at some point during their swimming careers.  
So what can we do about it? Here are several tips to consider. They have been designed to help decrease this number and keep you in the water. After all, who wants to be part of that statistic? Read more
Have an Opinion?
SWIMMER Magazine Introduces "Both Sides of the Lane Line"
SWIMMERDo you have an opinion? Would you like to share it with 50,000 fellow Masters swimmers? SWIMMER introduced a new department in the September/October issue. "Both Sides of the Lane Line" seeks to capture opinions of U.S. Masters Swimming members on selected hot topics.
Upcoming topics include superclubs (regional teams) and U.S. Masters Swimming's focus (Does U.S. Masters Swimming meet your needs as a fitness swimmer, competitive swimmer or open water swimmer?). SWIMMER will also accept suggestions for future topics.
If you have an opinion you'd like to share in a future issue of SWIMMER, you are encouraged to submit an essay of 280 words or less. SWIMMER will consider any well-written submission and reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. SWIMMER may edit or ask that you revise. All submissions should be sent to
Good Luck at the 2009 Pan American Games!

Many U.S. Masters Swimming members will be competing in October at the 2009 Pan American Games in Veracruz, Mexico. U.S. Masters Swimming wishes all participants the best of luck in their training and upcoming races.
CLICK HERE for more information regarding the 2009 Pan American Games.
Balancing the Three Ring Circus
by Maria Elias-Williams
"I wish I could be like P.T. Barnum: Master of the three-ring circus. Like most of you, I juggle family and work (if you are a parent, you WORK - regardless of whether or not you get paid). I am a single parent of a 13-year-old boy with medical issues that can flare up with little or no notice; I know how stressful life can be. I run a busy law practice and live 45 minutes from the nearest lap pool. My son swims on a club team (at a different pool than I), plays in the band and is active in church, school government and several other pursuits. My family doesn't believe that we really have a house (we do) - they think I have a storage unit where I swing by every now and then to re-pack the car. I feel like the flunkie juggler trying to keep all the balls in the air, and often dropping one or two along the way.
As the summer winds down and we transition into the school-year routine, so many Masters swimmers miss out on practices and meets in September and October. With our crazy schedule, I have more than enough excuses to miss a workout. At the end of the day, do you ever think, "darn it, I never got my swim in?" and you promise yourself that tomorrow will be different, but realistically, it's been a week since you had a good workout. Before you know it, the holidays will be here (yet another good excuse to skip your swim). Rather than run from swimming during stressful times, I find it even more important to keep it on my list of 'priority activities.'"
Do you ever feel like the flunkie juggler? Maria offers a list of "to-do's" she follows to keep her circus running smoothly. After all... the show must go on! Read more 

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We've Got Spirit!

MOO (Masters of Orlando) show their team spirit in cow-print suits before the 100IM on April 18, 2009. During long-course relays, MOO members have even been known to "moo" at each other from blocks on opposite ends of the pool.  

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On Deck: September/October


World Masters Games; Sydney, Australia

Approximate mailing date for SWIMMER

Pan American Swimming and Open Water Championships; Veracruz, Mexico (online entry due 10/14/09)

End of the 2009 registration year; all registrations after Nov. 1 will be for 2010.

Open Water: Winter Workouts for Summer Success

About U.S. Masters Swimming

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