Competitive Swimming Offers Children Benefits

Published Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:00 am

As the Olympics this summer came to a close, the achievements and accolades of the United States Team stick in our minds. The most newsworthy of our Olympic team was our U.S. competitive swimmers. Katie Ledecky, for example, left Rio as the most decordated female athlete with four gold medals, one silver medal, and two world records. Michael Phelps also won five gold and one silver and was also chosen as the captain of the U.S. Olympic team and flag bearer for the United States. It’s never too early to train to become an Olympic athlete. The best way is to join a local competitive swim team.

According to USSwimming.org, competitive swimming has many benefits and is an outstanding activity for people of all ages. It promotes fitness and teaches children to strive for physical achievement. Many super-stars in other sports started out as swimmers and gained strength and coordination that helped them to excel.

Swimming can be a team or an individual sport. In either setting, it teaches sportsmanship which includes learning to deal with winning and losing, as well as working with officials, teammates and coaches.

Aquatic excercise is a healthy “lifetime” activity and compared to other youth sports,  is fairly injury free. It still involves technical and specialized skills that are developed in a safe environment.

Probably one of the most important things that this sport teaches is drowning prevention. Drowning is a leading killer of American children. No matter what your future holds in competitive swimming, this is a skill that is important to know for anyone’s general safety.

At the JCC, there is a great swim team that offers all of this and more. Children will learn just the right blend of stroke training, endurance training, and competition, guided by an experienced and certified coach. The Lightnings Junior and Senior swim team season starts November 14th, so make sure to set your child on the right path to become the next Ledecky or Phelps.

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