Reply To: injuries
I tend to think of swim training injuries as almost exclusively repetitive motion injuries, not strain-related. I’ve never seen somebody “pull up” in a max effort 50 sprint like you often see a run sprinter do. That’s pretty strong evidence that the strain of swimming, even at maximum effort, is generally well below the threshold of causing injury.
Unless and until there’s evidence to the contrary, I’m inclined to believe Rushall’s assertion that lower volume = fewer injuries, even if that lower volume is at a higher intensity.