We are looking at a few ways in which we can keep ourselves safe when practicing different sports or activities. Today we will learn some safety rules for when you go swimming or diving.
No matter what activity you do, it can surely be a lot of fun, but you also need to keep yourself safe, because ending up hurt or in hospital is no fun at all.
If you are doing swimming as a sport and practice very hard, you can get 'swimmer shoulders' which happens because you are overusing your arms and shoulders in the different styles you swim in. If your sport is diving you can also get hurt by hitting yourself or your head against the diving board.
But sometimes we just do swimming and diving for fun, but that does not mean you cannot get hurt. You will still have to take care not to slip and fall and get hurt, but today we will look at the sport of swimming and diving and how you can protect yourself and stay safe.
If you decide to choose this sport, you will need certain gear. Like most sports, special gear is needed for the specific sport you take part in.
- If you choose a swimming costume choose one that fits comfortably, not too tight, but not loose. You must be able to move in it without worrying of parts of your body that you want to keep covered is sticking out. There are a lot of swimsuits on the market, even ones that claim they can help you go faster, so do some research before you decide on one.
- Buy goggles that fits tight enough that they will not fall off or leak or become foggy - you do not want to concentrate more on what you can and cannot see than on your swimming.
- Choose a swim cap that will fit your needs. If you practice a lot in a warm swimming pool, you need a cap that will last in the warm water.
- Not all swimmers use them, but if you prefer it and want to keep the water out of your nose and your ears, get some nose clips and ear plugs.
The fitter you are, the longer you will be able to swim and your muscles will also be stronger and you will be more protected against getting hurt. It is a good idea to start practicing in the gym or do some jogging before the swimming season starts, so that you are not totally unfit once it is time to start.
If you are not that fit, it is okay, you can start of slowly and the more you practice your swimming the fitter you will become, but do not expect to join the Olympics on the first day or if you are totally unfit. If you push yourself too hard, you can get hurt. Know your abilities.
Make sure you use a good 'stroke technique' to minimize the overuse of certain joints and muscles.
If you are a diver it goes without saying that you need to check that the pool is deep enough before you dive and that you stay clear of the sides of the pool.
A few other things to remember
- if you hurt yourself in any way, rather take a few day off so that your muscles can rest and heal than where you just push yourself further and hurt more
- even if you are in water, swimming and diving is still exercise which means you will sweat and dehydrate, so make sure while practicing you take in enough fluids
- when you practice in an outside pool make sure you put on sunscreen so you do not get burned by the sun
- once you are done swimming or diving, dry your ears well with a towel to prevent 'swimmer's ear'.
Swimmer's ear, or external otitis, is typically a bacterial infection of the skin of the outer ear canal. In contrast to a middle ear infection, swimmer's ear is an infection of the outer ear.
You can read more about it here.