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Pulling Straight to the End of the Pool

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Science  01 Oct 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5693, pp. 43
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5693.43a

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DAVIS, CALIFORNIA-- From 13 to 16 September, researchers from many disciplines discussed sports from curling to skydiving, from table tennis to boxing, at the 5th International Conference on Engineering of Sport. Measurements and calculations now show that to generate the maximum thrust, swimmers should pull their hands straight back through the water rather than in the traditional "S-pull."