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Swimming, as defined as a locomotion or movement, is the ability or act of self-propulsion of a person through water. Swimming is usually done for recreation, sport, exercise, or survival. Swimming is done through the coordination of the limbs and the body.
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Key Facts & Information
- The earliest records of swimming dates back to the Stone Age paintings from around 7,000 years ago, these are cave paintings that depict the act of swimming.
- The earliest records of swimming ever written dates back to 2000 BC.
- Some of these earliest records could be found or read in the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Iliad, the Odyssey, the Bible—specifically in Ezekiel 47:5, Acts 27:42, Isaiah 25:11—and Beowulf.
- The greatest swimmers of history, according to Romans, were the coastal tribes living in the Low Countries in Europe.
- According to an account by the Roman senator and historian, Tacitus, the men of the Batavi tribe could cross the Rhine without losing formation.
SWIMMING AS RECREATION
- Most people swim for the purpose of recreation.
- In fact, swimming consistently ranks as one of the physical activities people are most probable to engage in or be a part of.
- Recreational swimming can also be used for the benefit of physical exercise, relaxation, or rehabilitation.
- Swimming is an accessible activity due to the support of the water and the lower physical impact the body may experience.
- In fact, when mastered or practiced enough, swimming is much easier for people who are unable to undertake intense physical activities such as running.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SWIMMING
- Swimming mainly exercises the cardiovascular system, and is considered to be an aerobic exercise.
- Swimming as an exercise usually requires swimming lengths for a length of time.
- Swimming requires a constant supply of oxygen carried to the muscles.
- However, there are short sprints in swimming where the muscles work without the need of oxygen or anaerobically.
- Swimming is also an exercise used to tone and strengthen muscles.
- Swimming is beneficial for people suffering from arthritis and affected joints, and prevents the symptoms from getting worse.
- Furthermore, swimming is beneficial in improving health for people with cardiovascular problems and chronic illnesses.
- Swimming reduces the harmful effects of stress.
- Swimming is an activity that helps to improve a person’s mood. It is proven to positively impact mental health, especially the mental health of pregnant women and mothers.
SWIMMING AS A SPORT
- Swimming is also considered as a competitive sport where participants compete to be the fastest to swim over a given distance in a limited time.
- There are different levels of competition athletes compete in when swimming competitively, from 50 m to 1500 m in length.
- Swimming has been an Olympic sport since 1896.
- Internationally, swimming competitions are governed by the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA).
- FINA events or competitions usually use pools that are 25 or 50 meters in length while in the United States, a pool 25 yards in length is commonly used for competition.
- Aside from standard swimming, there are other water-related sporting disciplines such open water swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, water polo, triathlon, and the modern pentathlon.
RISKS OF SWIMMING
- There are several risks and hazards that could occur during swimming, such as:
- Panic — an inexperienced swimmer or a non-swimmer could be mentally overwhelmed by the time they are immersed in the water. Panic causes them to not calmly calculate their motion, and could lead to sinking and drowning.
- A panicking swimmer could die from difficulty in breathing or hyperventilation. This could occur even in shallow water.
- Exhaustion — eventually, a swimmer could fail to maintain consistent motion to swim, and this often leads to death through drowning.
- Adults are better swimmers as they have fully developed and extended lungs, generally giving them positive or at least neutral buoyancy. Adults can float in still water with little effort.
- A small child has to move more consistently in order to float as their small body has negative buoyancy.
- Hypothermia — happens when a person loses critical core temperature due to the coldness of the water. This can lead to unconsciousness or heart failure.
- Dehydration — could still happen due to prolonged exposure to hypertonic salt water.
- Salt water aspiration syndrome — could happen from inhaling salt water. The inhaled saltwater creates foam in the lungs that restricts breathing, causing a loss of physical control. This could kill a person directly without actual drowning.
- Blunt trauma — happens when a person swims against a rapidly moving flood or river water causing impact to the body or head. The impact can kill a swimmer immediately.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the swimming across 24 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Swimming worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the swimming, as defined as a locomotion or movement, is the ability or act of self-propulsion of a person through water. Swimming is usually done for recreation, sport, exercise, or survival. Swimming is done through the coordination of the limbs and the body.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Swimming Facts
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- Do’s and Don’ts
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- Water Activities Scramble
- Summer Activities
- My Swimming Experience
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