Fixing Swimming's Burnout Problem Isn't That Simple
Article by Ben Colin
The words “burned out” infiltrate the swimming vocabulary much more frequently these days. But as swimmers hang up their goggles and caps for good, the reason why isn’t quite as simple as one may think.
Often, sport specialization is blamed as the cause for a lack of love for swimming. According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, USA Swimming has stated the number of its competitive swimmers in the 10-year-old age group fell by almost 10 percent from 2013-16. Altogether, 40 percent of those swimmers who left the sport said it was too much of a time commitment.
In response, USA Swimming is working to address the issue right now through a new ad campaign showing young swimmers competing in other sports and by rolling out a modified entry-level membership program that demands less of swimmers.
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