THE ADVANTAGES OF SWIMMING
Based on a study of the Institute for Educational Research at Griffith University in Australia, swimmers under the age of five are smarter that their peers who don’t practice this sport. After testing more than 7.000 children under the age of five in the USA, New Zealand and Australia, it was concluded that children who swim, if compared to their peers who do not swim, have better results in the development of language, as well as in cognitive and psychological development. In addition, they show better improvement in visual-motor abilities, such as paper cutting, colouring and drawing lines and shapes, as well as in solving many mathematical problems. Their oral expression was also better in general areas of literacy and in mathematics. Bearing this in mind, it is not surprising that swimmers at universities in the USA have a better average score than students who practice some other type of sport. Another reason why you should swim is a minimal risk of injury.
CONTRAINDICATIONS OF SWIMMING
This is one of the safest sports and severe injuries are very rare. It is extremely important to swim correctly, but swimming can often be counterproductive for someone who is actively involved in some other sport. Although muscles of swimmers are strong, they are also very flexible and gentler than the muscles of other athletes – like football, basketball or tennis players. Body and muscles of athletes who practice dry sports are accustomed to gravity and their muscles are compact and strong for protection from injury. For example, we would never recommend a tennis player to actively practice swimming.
Swimming is one of the most effective ways of calorie consumption, and consequently, of losing weight. Remember that it takes 30 minutes of active swimming to burn undesired calories, and it is also the best way of developing heart and cardiovascular system.
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The Advantages of Swimming with regards to other sports