I know the 2019-2020 Winter Short Course Season is just getting started, but it is as good as time as any to address burnout.

As many of you know, the amount of pool time that swimmers of my generation put in was brutal. The only expectations and guidelines were set by the coach. We were a generation of athletes bogged down with injury and exhaustion. So much so that in 1989 USA Swimming regulated that swimmers could not be in the pool for more that 20 hour a week. That is still four hours of in water training a day! That is still excessive.

The regulation USA Swimming created was supposed to protect swimmers, but that was when age group swim practice was strictly Monday through Friday.