Swimming is both a rehabilitative and competitive sport, helping participants burn calories and relieve stress at the same time. Swimming also enables you to push yourself to your limits whilst experiencing a sense of freedom in the water.
The governing body for swimming is the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) through the International Paralympic Swimming Committee (IPSC), which incorporates the rules of Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA). The international swimming rules are followed with a few exceptions, such as optional platforms or in-water starts for some races and the use of signals or “tappers” for swimmers with visual impairment; however no prostheses or assistive devices are permitted.
What’s in it for you?
If you are looking for a sport without barriers, then take your pick with Swimming – the only sport that caters to diverse classifications of disabilities. Swimmers relish freedom in mobility in water whilst getting mentally and physically fit. Swimming also improves muscle strength, stability and agility while reducing strains at the joints due to water buoyancy and the low impact of exercise in water. As one’s body weight in water is only 10 percent of its actual weight, swimmers feel light and at ease in water.
✓Amputees ✓Cerebral Palsy ✓Muscular Dystrophy ✓Spinal Cord Injury ✓Intellectually Disabled ✓Short Stature ✓Visually Impaired
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