Saturday, November 12, 2016

Swimming Diving Blocks

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Swimming diving/starting blocks, in my opinion are very useful in the sport of swimming. The invention of the diving blocks was very smart and I am thankful that they were invented. Diving blocks were brought to the sport not long after the beginning of the 19th century and is still used today and constantly being modified for the swimmers benefit. So, in the 1950's diving blocks were created to just give the swimmers a platform to dive from. But a higher position then the side of the pool which was almost the same height of the pool. These are how the diving blocks looked almost 70 years ago. They were flat, but still for the swimmers benefit to have an
Image result for swimming diving blocks'explosion start'.  Today I feel as if they modified the blocks for the swimmers advantages. Diving blocks give competitive swimmers the height and angle that we need to allow us to have the 'perfect' dive.  Personally, I like diving blocks because they help me to get a faster start and give me the extra push i need.  I like it because in a race, the dive at the beginning at the race can sometimes determine the outcome. In some  races for example the sprints, like 50 or 100 meters, the start is crucial. The dive needs to be great and the diving blocks gives us the chance to have a great dive. The 'new' diving blocks, were first introduced in an international competitor at the Swimming World Cup in 2009, allows swimmers to push off from the blocks, with the back foot from a crouch at a 90 free angle, optimizing the power of the dive.  In comparison to the old diving blocks, that were considered flat, the swimmer would have to push themselves for their own acceleration. But overall, the entire invention of diving blocks old or new is for the benefit of the swimmer.
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