Teaching Lifetime Sports

By Lawrence F. Butler | Go to book overview

10
Swimming

By Raymond J. Bosse


THE NATURE OF SWIMMING

Swimming is an ideal lifetime sport because it contributes to several of the healthrelated components of fitness, namely, muscular endurance, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness. It is a great choice because people may participate either alone or in groups, and the fact that it is done in the water eliminates the impact injuries to joints that other activities can cause. In addition, many communities have facilities that will enable your students to enjoy swimming either indoors during the winter or outdoors during the warmer months. Swimming can be done at your own pace and helps to relieve stress while exercising almost every muscle in the body. These unique factors allow individuals to continue to enjoy the activity well into their 80's or beyond! The proliferation of Master's Swim Clubs around the world is a testament to the growing popularity of the sport, and there are over 37,000 registered master's swimmers in the United States alone! In addition to providing the adult swimmer with a place to share their desire for health and fitness, masters clubs also serve as an important social center. Going to the pool is no longer just an activity for the kids!

Swimming also serves as a gateway to several similar aquatic sports such as scuba diving, water polo, and triathlons. These sports are more easily learned if a student has a basic swimming background.

Many students learn basic [survival swimming] skills at a young age which enable them to enter the water without a fear of drowning. Most students, however, have not been taught the specific skills which will allow them to participate in swimming as a mode of exercise. These specific skills can be taught to basic level swimmers.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations xi
  • Tables xiii
  • Preface xv
  • Part One 1
  • 1: Introduction 3
  • 2: Basic Teaching Skills 13
  • Part Two 45
  • 3: Fitness Walking 47
  • 4: Running 59
  • 5: Exercising with Equipment 71
  • 6: In-Line Skating 91
  • 7: Mountain Biking 101
  • 8: Volleyball 111
  • 9: Tennis 123
  • 10: Swimming 149
  • Appendix 163
  • Index 165
  • About the Author and Contributors 169
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