July 26, 2013
Swimming has become one of the most popular adaptive sports amongst athletes and recreational participants.
This water based activity is one which most individuals, regardless of ability level, have an awareness of from an early age.
Most everyone has been in or at least around a swimming pool, lake, or ocean at some point in time.
Disabled athletes, or recreational participants, can often experience swimming, within the water, without the use of advanced equipment; therefore swimming has been said to bring equality to able bodied and adaptive swimmers, alike.
One great advantage of swimming as an adaptive individual is the allowance for a wide range of movements which help develop flexibility, body strength, lung capacity, to name a few, while engaging in an exercise that is cardio based.
To top it off, there is very little impact or harmful stress on a body’s joints and bones as a result of swimming.
This is crucial for adaptive athletes because in most cases individuals experience increased mobility within the water, as compared to on land.
Therefore, a heightened sense of freedom may be experienced. Some people, however, have a fear of swimming or a fear of water that they must first overcome.
Swimming can begin at a young age with little developed skill or it may be integrated later in life, providing health benefits long into adulthood.
Through coaching, and preparation with adaptive sports groups, swimming can serve as an outlet for the competitive spirit.
Some adaptive athletes take that spirit and develop their talents to the highest level in adaptive sports – the Paralympic Games.
One of the most inspirational and up and coming Paralympic swimmers is Mallory Weggemann. Ms. Weggemann just came off gold and bronze medal victories at the 2012 Paralympic games in London.
Mallory is one of the athletes staring in our new film “The Current”, which specifically describes the relationship between a disabled athlete and the healing power of the ocean.
Have a look at the film’s trailer and the full story of a hero –> Mallory Weggemann.
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