Swimming: Stroke Development Backstroke

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Elite Pulling Pattern
Alternating circular arm action over and under the water with a straight arm recovery, brushing your ears and elbows locked straight. The hand entry into the water is controlled with the palm facing out and little finger first to reduce resistance. The palm of the hand presses down to catch position in the water. At the deepest point following hand entry and with good shoulder rotation, the elbow bends and drops to a deeper position, creating a lever to produce more power as the hand pushes towards the feet. The arm starts to straighten as the hand presses downwards before sweeping towards the thigh; The arm then moves in line with the shoulder as the hand recovers out of the water close to the thigh with thumbs first, elbow straight as the arm is taken past the head to entry point once again.

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