Benefits of A Swim Team for Kids

Summertime means sunshine, the great outdoors and, for many families, swim team. Summer swim teams run for two to three months and include practices, stroke work, swim meets and local league championships. For many kids, a summer swim league is the beginning of a competitive swimming career.

The benefits of swim team go far beyond summer fun. Swimming shares many of the positive attributes of land-based exercise, as well as several other physical, mental and emotional benefits for kids.

The 7 Benefits are –

Cardiovascular Conditioning
Like cycling and running, swimming is an aerobic sport which strengthen the hart and lungs. On average, it has been know that swimmers stay in the water exercising longer than other sports which helps builds endurance. There is also evidence that swimmers have larger lung capacity compared to other elite athlete.

Full Body Strength,Muscular Endurance & Flexibility
Every stroke is a strengthening exercise as swimmer move against the water. Different moves, strokes and turn strengthens different muscular groups as well as core stability. Long strokes combined with power moves like pushing off the wall or against the starting block provides a full body workout. Swimming has also proven to improve balance and flexibility on land.

Emotional Regulation
Swimming has proven to help kids remain calm, confident and less stressed. A study by the University of Florida shows that exercising has helped improve social skill as well as mental health which is a key element in swim team with kids as they have plenty of downtime during meet. Many people has also found swimming to be relaxing and the regular breathing patterns mimic that of meditation.

Individual Goal Setting Meets Team Sport
In swimming, the goal is on continued improvements. Individually, each child will be competing to showcase his or her best effort in every event which can be satisfying in a heat or relay event.

Swimmers MAY be Smarter
Swimming is really good in improving Math Skills. Swimmers can convert meters into yards into miles into pool lengths pool lengths into time and back again all in their heads. They practice and compete in a world of splits and stroke counts of tenths and hundredths of a second all in elementary school. Research has also found that kids who swim from a young age reaches development milestones sooner than kids who do not swim.

Swimming Teaches Resilience
If your child decides to join the swim team chances are he or she will be disqualified at least during one race. Strokes & Turn judges are trained to watch the events to ensure that all competitors are performing the strokes correctly. If there is a fault found, the swimmers are DQ’ed and their time doesn’t count. While that might be hard to accept in the moment, it teaches kids to keep on trying and that a mistake does not equal failure. Seeing their teammates going through the same will help build and encourage empathy.

Unique Health Benefits
Swim teams helps kids that are suffering from Asthma as the air form an indoor pool is warm and humidified which can help those suffering with Asthma.

Source: www.activekids.com/swimming/articles/7-benefits-of-summer-swim-team-for-kids