Playing a competitive sport

… Playing a competitive sport

I enjoy team games, being competitive and sharing fun, sociable times with my friends

Did you know…

  • Swimming is an excellent cross training technique – the benefits of cross-training speak for themselves – it helps you to move faster, can prevent overuse injuries and stop you from becoming bored.   Swimming in particular is a great way to improve your overall fitness, speed up injury recovery time and make your legs stronger.  
  • Sports such as football and rugby are notorious for creating impact injuries, and for those days when you need to rest an injury, swimming is an excellent way to speed up your recovery.  Exercising in water suspends the body and eliminates high impact forces - in chest-deep water, 85-90% of your total body weight is supported so you are only bearing 10-15% of your body weight.
  • Water massage is a great way to relieve aching limbs. Aquatic activities can have a massaging effect via the pressure of the water on your body. Joints, muscles and internal organs can benefit from the comforting effect of the water on your body whilst you exercise. This will assist in the overall sense and feeling of well-being.
  • To be a competitive swimmer you should be comfortable swimming at least three of the four main strokes - if you have your eye on being a competitive swimmer we have a range of guidance, advice and videos to help sculpt you into a winner

Find out more here… http://www.swimming.org/swimfit/competitive/