Swimming – An Important Activity
Swimming is a common individual or group all-around sport that involves the usage of one’s body to pass through water with a swimming stroke. The game takes place usually in pools or shallow waters. In this game, people can compete for longer periods of time than other sports like diving and surfing. This is a good sport for kids as it is easy to learn and simple to master, plus there are no major injuries if a participant falls and suffers an injury. This means that anyone can participate in the game and there is no age limit.
There are four main strokes in swimming – the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Each of these has its own technique. The technique for each stroke varies slightly from another. When learning to swim a beginner must first master the freestyle and then go on to learn the other two. Mastering each of the four swimming strokes enables the swimmer to learn how to swim the breaststroke, the backstroke, the butterfly and the backstroke again.
Most swimming competitions take place on a swimming pool. Competitors swim in teams and the teams compete for overall prizes. Usually there is a short program of exercises and stretches before the competition but during the competition, each competitor tries to beat the other within the time frame. Different swimming styles and strokes are used in swimming competitions, including freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and the butterfly.
The most popular form of swimming is freestyle swimming, which is also the oldest form of swimming. It was introduced in the 1900’s at the Olympic Games in Paris. This is a competitive swimming style where each swimmer starts swimming in a pool of warm water and then swim against other teams until the swimmer comes out of the water at the opposite end of the pool. Today there are swimming camps and Olympic training centers that help swimmers improve their skills.
Another important aspect of swimming is the stroke. A stroke is a technique used to turn the swimmer from side to side and kick with both feet. Each team member wears paddling shoes which are fixed beneath the ankles and connected to the paddle with a long piece of chain. The swimmers are allowed to take several paddles, known as lanes, at one time. The lanes are color-coded according to the rank of the swimmers.
The third part of swimming is the freestyle. In freestyle all the swimmers take turns to face in the direction of the flag, to swim as fast as they can. There is no need for respiration and the athlete does not use the arms at all. The stroke used in freestyle is similar to the stroke used in backstroke but the arms are not used.