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Physiology Insights Into The Perfect Swimmer

Physiology Insights Into The Perfect Swimmer

Physiology Insights Into the Perfect Swimmer

by James Skitt - 10.05.11

English Institute of Sport (EIS) Physiologist Ben Holliss swapped the poolside for the Blue Peter garden yesterday to offer some insights into what make the perfect swimmer.

Holliss, who works with the GB Swimming squad in Manchester, was on hand to offer an expert view as presenter Andy Akinwolere prepares for an open water swim challenge, part of BBC and British Swimming initiative the Big Splash, which aims to inspire more people to swim.

Holliss provided an overview of the main criteria which form the foundations for a successful swimmer including height, arm span, foot size, lung capacity and the amount of blood in the body.

The full details of Andy’s challenge are yet to be revealed, but the first major event of the Big Splash takes place this Sunday (15th May) when thousands of swimmers will take part in mile long-swim around Salford Quays.

To view the feature, which begins 17 minutes into the programme, you can watch on BBC iPlayer here (until 15/05/11)

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