help bicycle kick in swim

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help bicycle kick in swim
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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 2:39pm

My 8 yo is on the very slow side of physical development. Not slow enough to concern the doc, but slow enough he's usually the one behind all of his peers. I do believe he has sensory processing disorder which also holds him back, saw the only child OT our ins covered & after 3 mos I had to give up w/her as her social life was taking precedence over her therapy.

Though, this summer he's seemed to hit a big break through. He started to ride his bike two weeks ago and now things are starting to fall into place.

He started swim lessons last October. He has only missed 2 lessons due to pneumonia. Yet, he's still learning to get his face wet.

Today he had a fantastic lesson. He was dunking his head & pushing off the of the wall to swim a couple of feet.

What is one complaint every teacher has had is his 'bicycle kicks' and I'm not sure how to help with that. Does anybody have any ideas what I can do at home to help him stop the bicycle kick. Part of me believes it has more to do with anxiety and if he'd just relax it will come, but wanted some feedback to see if anybody had ideas on how to work on scissor kicks.

Thanks.




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Thu, 08-12-2010 - 11:40pm
That's great that your son is making such progress!
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Fri, 08-13-2010 - 10:37am

My DS was a swimmer from Middle School onward- was on the Swim team and was a Captain.


Perhaps if you get him to lay on the floor and have him practice the proper sisscor kick- most kids to the kick wrong but don't realize it as they are in the pool- he needs to get the "feel" of the correct kick -vs the incorrect. They will also work on this with him during lessons.


Since he is just gaining confidence and getting his face wet- I wouldn't overly worry about the kick too much. When my DS started out he was the same way- it took a few lessons for him to let go of the wall! I can tell you that when he was a H.S Senior and was honored by his H.S Swim team- it seemed a long way from that little boy who held onto the side of the pool! (FYI he was the distance swimmer- he did the 500 which is 25 laps of the pool!)

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Fri, 08-13-2010 - 10:32pm

Welcome to the board!

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Mon, 08-16-2010 - 1:34pm

Thanks for the info. I guess I started to stress about the kick b/c his teacher was trying to ask if there is a physical problem with him & maybe I should get him checked out by a doctor.

I know it does have more to do with anxiety. I had him see a therapist about this too - but once the therapist saw dad's mental health history he was determined to try dx him with ADHD - which I think nearly all kids who suffer anxiety would appear ADHD. He never did dx him with ADHD, but every time I talked to him that seemed to be the topic he wanted to talk about :(

I had my son in martial arts before, but I think the constant movement for 45 minutes was too much for him to endure at the time. I want to try again, as I know he'll never be a sports kid, & I'm not going to try, but I would like him to enjoy something physical to keep him fit & to help keep anxieties lower.

Archery would be cool too. I know we have an archery park in the city as well. I'll look into it.

Right now, I can only afford one class & want to get water safety completed. So once he can swim across the pool he can choose to stay in swim or take another class.

Thanks for all your input :)




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Tue, 08-17-2010 - 12:54am

I would say not to worry about it.

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Fri, 08-27-2010 - 11:56am

I know this post is a couple of weeks old, but I have to agree with everyone else that has posted. As a swimmer myself, a swim coach for 5 years, and now swimmer's mom, I agree that focusing on the kick at this point is not necessary. Getting him confident in the water is most important. However, if you do work with him in the pool, putting your arm under his knees should help. When he bends his legs and they hit your arm, it will remind him to straighten them. Also having him point his toes should help.

I'm confused why the instructor would assume his a physical problem, bicycle kicking in kids just learning to swim is completely normal!

I also agree that a summer league team, once he is comfortable in the pool, is a great idea! That's where I started and I started my daughter as well.

Good luck, and don't take what they are saying to heart, what is is doing is completely normal at that stage! Welcome to the board, stop back by and let us know how he's doing!


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