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Article Taken From The December 2010 Swimming Times Magazine

Swimming Helps Asthmatics

Swimming does not increase the risk of Asthma or allergic symptoms in children, according to European Scientists.

In fact, swimming is positively beneficial t

Article Taken From The December 2010 Swimming Times Magazine

Swimming Helps Asthmatics

Swimming does not increase the risk of Asthma or allergic symptoms in children, according to European Scientists.

In fact, swimming is positively beneficial to children with pre-existing conditions, according to the study, published in... the American Journal of Respiritory and Critical Care Medicine.

Detailed information on the health activities since birth of 5,738 children was used in the study. Asthma UK said the results coincided with their stance on swimming and young asthmatics. Dr Elaine Vickers, the charity's research relations manager, said: 'This is the first study examining the relationship between swimming and young asthmatics where children have been monitored over many years'.

Article Taken From The August 7th 2009 Northern Scot Newspaper

Harbour Danger Alert Ignored

Youngsters are continuing to risk their lives by jumping into the Moray Firth following the death of a man at Findochty Harbour Stuart McDonald from the Kincorth area of Aberdeen, died after jumping into the sea from the harbour wall. The 27 year olds body was pulled from the water by people there at the time. It is thought he had been diving head first into the sea. But the tragedy has not stopped others from dicing with death along the Moray coast.  

 Article Taken From The July 31st 2009 Northern Scot Newspaper

Mum's Holiday Harbour Rescue!

A Holidaymaker turned hero to plunge into the choppy waters of the Moray Firth and save the lives of three children

Rescuer Jacqueline Walker (39) swan to the stricken youngsters who came perilously close to drowning, keeping them afloat until they could be pulled to safety. She kept her calm to avert a summer tragedy at Hopeman this week as emergency skills she learnt as a youngster came flooding back to her.She urged that all children should be taught life saving techniques and water safety while at school.

"If I hadn't been confident that I knew the right thing to do, I wouldn't have gone into the water," said Mrs Walker. " It is so important in situations like this that you don't make things worse and end up having to be rescued yourself. You often hear that it is two bodies which have been pulled from the water when someone goes into help but ends up in trouble themselves."  

Article Taken From The February 2008 Swim & Save Official Magazine Of The STA

So Let's Remind Ourselves, Why It's Best To Exercise In Water?

Water Resistance: Because the water is a thicker medium than air, by moving in the water the ammount of resistance from the water can range from 4 to 44 times that of air. Using the resistance of the water in exercise is like exercising with weights or machines on land, but safer.

Bouyancy: In chest depth water approximately 90% of your body weight is buoyant, therefore you really are only bearing 10% of your body weight when you exercise. Exercise in the water is much safer on your joints and muscles, virtually stress free as a result. The only true 100% stress free - non-impact routine is in deep water aquatic sessions where your feet are not on the ground.

Water Temperature: The water temperature is the same all year long, You do not have to contend with the variability of the elements, heat, cold, rain, snow etc unless you are exercising in an outdoor pool environment then safety aspects will need to be considered.

Cooling Effect: Because your constant movement in water generates up to 85% of your body heat during exercise, water that is cooler than your core body temperature is continually moving around you, washing away sweat and cooling you while you are exercising. You never feel over-heated and sweaty.

Hydrostatic Pressure: Hydrostatic pressure is the squeezing of the water upon the body, as this force occurs it assists the Venus returns back to the heart via partial pressure reducing the demand on the heart by up to 17bpm or 13% than that of someone exercising on land. This allows you to work longer in your training zone and use more fat as a fuel source. The Hydrostatic pressure also creates a massaging effect which helps sooth and comfort joints, muscles and internal organs.

Press Association Article Friday September 1st 2006

Lack Of Swimming Skills 'Risking Children's Lives'

Hundreds of thousands of children leave primary school every year unable to swim properly, according to a survey published today.

More than one third of 11-year-olds had not mastered the basic swimming skills which could save their lives, research from the Times Educational Supplement (TES) found.

The survey of 224 primary schools in England and Wales showed that the situation had worsened over the past three years, despite promises of action from ministers.

Every year, about 200,000 children- 35% of the age group- do not master essential survival skills such as how to float, the TES said.

Governmant standards state that by the age of 11 children in England should be able to swim 25 metres, use a variety of different strokes and complete exercises in floating and swimming.

Kate Hoey, Labour MP and former sports minister, said: "It is not good enough that despite it being a compusory subject so many children are missing out on the potentially life- saving skills and life chances swimming offers."

Earlier this year schools minister Jim Knight announced extra money for lessons to help children learn how to swim 25m, but the survey found that rising costs, the closure of swimming pools and an overcrowded school timetable made it harder for many primary schools to teach swimming effectively.

One school in Devon said it had to rely on parents to drive their children to swimming lessons.

A spokesman for the Department of Education and Skills said "Swimming lessons are compulsory for primary school children, leading 83% of pupils being able to swim competently by the age of 11.

"However, we recognise that some children may need extra support- that is why intensive lessons have been introduced for children who are unable to swim the 25m required."

The government is proposing to drop swimming from the six PE options for 11 to 14-year-olds in draft changes to the national curriculum published in June. 

Article Taken From The July 2007 Edition Of The Swimming Times Magazine- The Official Journal Of The Amateur Swimming Association And The Institute Of Swimming.

Getting Safe For The Summer

Drowning claims 450 to 500 lives every year in the UK. Put another way that's one person every 17 hours.

Drowning is also the third highest cause of accidental death in children, while in 2005 alone 75 British children drowned while on holiday abroad.

At least three- quarters of drowning victims in this country are male.

Olympic medallist Steve Parry was almost one of these statistics, when at the age of Seven he fell from a boat into the River Thames. He was taught to swim as a result.

' I remember that day and I was terrified,' he said. ' I could have drowned and I'd hate for any child to go through that. A few simple skills could be the difference between life and death.

He added: Teenage boys are the most at risk of drowning but hopefully by teaching them about the dangers at a younger age, they will realise that bravado can easily turn to tragedy.'

About 62 per cent of drownings occur in inland waters such as rivers, lakes, canals and reserviors, and 20 per cent at coastal locations. Ten per cent occur in the bath at home, 4 per cent in swimming pools, 3 per cent in garden ponds and 1 per cent elsewhere. 

Article Taken From The March 2007 Edition Of The Swimming Times Magazine

Swimmer Sheds 10st

SWIMMING has helped Alison Graham, 38, to lose half her bodweight during a slimming campaign. Her weight has dropped from 20st to 9st 12lb since joining a Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Club three years ago. Alison from Carrickfergus, County Antrim, dieted, swam and walked regularly and even raised £1000 for people with spinal injuries by completing the Aspire 22- mile 'Channel Swim', with her daughter, in nine weeks. She was third in the Rosemary Conley Slimmer of the Year awards.   

Article Taken From The March 2007 Edition Of The Swimming Times Magazine

Grannie Becomes A Swimmer At 75

A GRANDMOTHER celebrated her 75th birthday by fulfilling a lifelong ambition- she swam 10 metres of her local pool.

That may not sound a lot to an experienced swimmer but for Sylvia Gerard it was a very big deal- because until recently she couldn't swim at all.

Sylvia grew up during the Second World War, when swimming lessons were unheard of and most beaches were out of bounds to all but the military.

For most of her life, sylvia has secretly admired friends who could swim- and yearned to join them in the pool or sea.

But because of her fear of the water, she did nothing about it. Until recently when she and her husband joined the Riviera International Centre's Lifestyle health and fitness club at Torquay, Devon, and met swimming co-ordinator and instructor Jacquie Lovett.

'After a while I plucked up enough courage to phone Jacquie to ask if she though I was to old to learn,'she said.

'Her friendly manner encouraged me to have a go and she got me in the water in no time.'

Now, Sylvia- who previously had three total hip replacements and two foot operations- loves swimming and is a regular visitor to the pool.

'I have to thank Jacquie so much for her patience and understanding, especially as I was so nervous, ' she added.

'My message to anyone who feels they have left it too late is to give it a try because it's worth it- and lots of fun. 

Article Taken From The February 2007 Edition Of The Swimming Times Magazine

Swimming Still Popular

Swimming has once again been identified as one of the nation's most popular form's of physical activity- this time by a sport England survey.

More than 360'000 people were interviewed for the active people survey, including at least 1000 in each of England's 354 local authority areas.

The survey revealed that 5.6 million people- 13.8 per cent of the adult population- swim at least once a month. Only walking for recreation was more popular with 20 per cent. Attending the gym came third with 10.5 per cent.

The survey found that 21 per cent of adults take part in sport or 'active recreation' at least three times a week for 30 minutes or longer. Regionally, the figure ranged from 19.3 per cent in the West Midlands to 22.6 per cent in the South East.

More than 2.7 million people in England put voluntary time into sport and their contributions add up to 1.8 million unpaid hours a week. More than 25 per cent of adults are members of a club where they take part in sport- an increase from 17 per cent in 2002. But participation is higher for men at 23.7 per cent than women at 18.3 per cent.

Almost 70 per cent of people were happy with the provision of sport facilities in their area. 


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