Using Cues For Attention And Control

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    Using Cues For Attention

    In our method of learning the skills of swimming, we use drills and cues (a.k.a. focal points) to build skills. The drills simply the action for us, by putting our body into position to practice an isolated part of the body. Attention cues are those code words we use for showing what part of your body or movement pattern to direct your attention to. With the cue you both pay attention to the signals coming from that part of the body and you send commands to that part of the body.

    With cues your key discipline is to hold your attention on a selected part of the body related to that cue. If you notice that other features of the stroke are not working as you want them to, you note these then put them aside and resume focus on the chosen cue.

    At first, you need to work on one point of the body at a time, and later on you can blend cues and maintain attention and control on two or three points at one time. But be patient for that ability to come.

    You can read more about cues in these articles in our library:


    Organizing Cues In Your Memory

    Every skill we learn has many cues that could be used to correct or improve some detail. There are too many to memorize at first. In your lesson I have selected just a few of them that work well for getting that part of your body close to the ideal.

    You may view the standard drill outlines and cues lists on the Freestyle Drill Resources page. You may view our expanded list of useful cues, organized by stroke skill, on our 101 Focal Points page.

    You can organize the body into these three sections and build a mental list of cues for each section, as you learn those cues in our lessons. You may not remember all the cues at first, but you can use the 3 sections of the body to point you in the right direction.

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