Around this time of year, people are returning from vacation and returning to the pool after a (possibly long) layoff. Feel like you can’t control your limbs? Unable to complete an “easy” 100 without getting out of breath?
Sometimes even 1-2 weeks out of the water makes one feel inept when returning to the pool. Why is that? Understanding the answer to that question can help minimize the impact the next time you take a (voluntary or involuntary) break from the pool. Allan Phillips (Swimming Science) takes a look at some possible physiological and neurological reasons behind performance degradation due to time away from the water.