Benefits of Swimming for People with Disabilities


  • Physical Benefits – Water eliminates the effect of gravity on the body therefore pain and stress on muscles and joints is greatly reduced. As a result, a person can stretch and strengthen weakened arms and legs with full range of motion. 

Buoyancy of the water supports the body allowing people with impaired mobility on land to function independently in water without assistive devices such as braces, walkers, crutches and wheelchairs.

  • Psycho/Social Benefits – Freedom of movement made possible by water boosts morale and provides incentive to maximize potential in other aspects of rehabilitation.

The sensory element of water has been shown to stimulate interaction and communication skills in Autistic children. 

Swimming is the favorite sport of many people with disabilities. It is non-impact and low injury.

Swimming improves confidence and comfort in people with disabilities.

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