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The breaststroke kick is considered the main propulsive force in this stroke and in this drill the swimmer’s heels touch the swimmer’s hands to ensure a full range of kicking motion. 2X NCAA Championship Coach, Frank Busch, emphasizes the importance of the final downward thrust of the legs and feet.
See underwater and slow motion views of these kick drills for a better idea of the techniques presented here.
In this demonstration of the backstroke, Ian Pope, Australian National Team coach, stresses the technique for maximizing the power of the swimmer’s backstroke kick by showing the importance of both kicking up and kicking down to generate propulsion. This drill is designed to strengthen the backstroke kick. Some of the best backstrokers have a great kick!
It is important for athletes to keep their legs and toes extended.