'I was diagnosed with
asthma at the age of seven just as I began swimming'
Iíve managed it over the
years by listening to my doctor and taking my preventer inhalers. I
never train without my reliever inhaler by the side of the pool, just in
case, but very rarely have any problems.í
KAREN PICKERING, SWIMMER
Swimming is usually an excellent form of exercise for children and
young people with asthma. The warm humid air in the pool is less
likely to trigger symptoms of asthma. However, this is not the case for
everyone and chlorine and swimming in cold water can trigger some
peopleís asthma. To minimise the effect of cold air ensure that everyone
is warmed up thoroughly and that they have taken their inhaler
20% of the British Olympic Team in Athens 2004
Whether you're grabbing breakfast before
school or choosing a snack after sports practice, make healthy choices
from the MyPyramid Five Food Groups! Your body needs nutritious foods
from all the MyPyramid food groups to grow and stay healthy.
Nutrition is the way in which the body receives the materials (food) it
needs to continue to function. Poor nutrition can lead to health
problems, whereas good nutrition can help prevent and cure health
Feeding Your Swimmer
by Sports Dietitian,
Keeping swimmers well
hydrated is an ongoing concern for parents and coaches. It seems this
group of athletes are particularly at risk of dehydration due to the
fact that their fluid losses during activity are difficult to notice.
is important that swimmers take a drink bottle with them to each
training session and to use during the day at school.
Swimming Specific Training
by BrianMAC Sports Coach
You will find
the following pages useful in developing your fitness training programme
includes articles on:
Long Term Athletic
scientists have reported that there are critical periods in the life of
a young person in which the effects of training can be maximised.
They have also
concluded that it can take anything from eight to twelve years of
training for a talented athlete to achieve elite status. This has led to
the development of athletic models, which identify appropriate training
aims at each stage of the athlete's physical development
Swimming for Children
with Health Concerns
Unlike some sports which require
participants to be in fairly robust health, swimming can offer benefits
for kids and teens at varying levels of fitness and even those with
health concerns that may make participation in other sports prohibitive.