TSS Aquatic is the leading age group swimming club in Australia. Operating out of The Southport School, our club comprises of approximately 250 members from both the TSS cohort and wider Gold Coast community.
TSS Aquatic caters for a wide variety of swimmers, both boys and girls from learn to swim through to an elite level. Our highly trained swimming coaches and superb swimmer to coach ratios allows every swimmer to reach their full potential and realise their dreams.
“I am not going to allow myself not to perform well just because I don’t feel well. I am bullet proof to the extent that a lot of things can be thrown at me, but it’s about how much I am prepared to let them affect me.” (Ian Thorpe)
Illness can be a significant factor in compromising the effectiveness of training, and consequently competitive performance. Swimmers and their parents should do everything possible to stay healthy, especially during periods of hard training, and there are useful strategies that can be deployed to keep illness and infection to a minimum.
• Wash hands regularly, particularly after touching door handles in public places, and maintain good personal hygiene.
• Avoid contact with people who have symptoms of infection.
• Wrap up warm after training, especially in the winter. Wear a warm coat and a beanie hat. Moving from a hot pool environment to a cold one weakens your immune system.
• Never share drinks bottles or cutlery.
• Avoid getting a dry mouth – drink little and often to maintain hydration.
• Avoid hand to eye and hand to mouth contact to prevent transferring germs to sensitive mucosal tissues.
• Be aware of vulnerability to infection after training and competition when the immune system is suppressed.
• Maintain a healthy, nutritious diet, including plenty of antioxidant rich foods (so called super foods like broccoli, tomatoes, blueberries, acai berries, pomegranate juice etc), and the recommended levels of carbohydrates, protein, fat and vitamins/minerals to maintain the body in peak condition.
• Get plenty of sleep (8-10 hours) every night, and additional recovery sleep at weekends.
• Reduce stress by developing good time management skills so that you can keep on top of academic work whilst training regularly.
When you do get ill: to train or not to train, that is the question…
If a swimmer does become ill it is important to inform the coach. Symptoms localised to the area above the neck such as a dry sore throat, a runny nose, sneezing and slightly swollen neck glands, usually only necessitate lighter swimming while maintaining the same volume.
Swimmers should not train if their symptoms are more widespread and include a fever, a significant (>20%) increase in resting heart rate, aching muscles and joints or coughing with phlegm. Exercising with this sort of infection may increase the severity and duration of the illness, and there is a risk that other swimmers may become infected. You should consult your GP and discuss the diagnosis with the coach.
Liam du Feu