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'I Have an Idea for an Article About … ' (July-August 2017)

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by , June 30th, 2017 at 01:20 PM (732 Views)
Readers ask me, “Have you ever thought about doing a story on ...”

Some readers want to tell their own stories. (Hint: We love getting humorous or light-hearted first-person essays for the Hot Tub.) Some nominate a teammate or ask about a swimmer they saw at nationals. Some have training or sports medicine or rules questions, and those evolve into article topics.

Some swimmers share their stories in the hope of providing inspiration or encouragement to others who might be struggling.

In this issue, John Ramos of Masters of Yucaipa in Southern California shares with writer Gretchen M. Sanders how swimming has helped him in his struggle with PTSD following the San Bernardino terrorist attack (Swimming Life, page 6).

Some readers reach out with questions or concerns about products, and ideas evolve from there.

Gina Pond in Chicago was frustrated with not being able to find swimsuits that fit her and wasn’t seeing swimmers of size featured in our publications. Elaine K. Howley spoke with Pond about body image issues and her quest for inclusivity (Bewitching Belief, page 18).

Sometimes we get emails with interesting professional signatures, prompting us to ask, “Hey, what’s it like being a (winemaker, oboe player, xenobiologist) and can we write about you?”

Many readers want practical advice on how to swim faster or more efficiently.

In this issue’s technique feature (page 24), Jeff Commings writes that you can go wider with your breaststroke out-sweep, providing you back it up with a powerful kick. So, if you’re still mentally scraping the insides of a salad bowl, try his tips for more power in the armstroke. (I swear just reading that article has already improved my breaststroke.)

Terry Heggy (whose online coaching and technique articles at usms.org are must-reads) asks Level 4 USMS coach Chris McPherson for a few drills to fix your freestyle (Ask the Coach, page 8) and multiple record-holder Dot Munger for some racing tips (From the Center Lanes, page 10).

For the most part, there aren’t bad topics—only ones that will interest or won’t interest any given reader.

If you have an idea for an article, let us know at usms.org/content/readersubmissions, or contact me directly at editor@usms.org.

Always, thanks for reading.

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Updated August 25th, 2017 at 09:48 AM by Editor

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