The best thing you can do before and after your swim session
If there’s one thing important for all athletes to do before and after exercise to prevent injury, it’s stretching. Swimming uses all your main muscle groups and a wide range of motion, so it’s important to remember to warm up your joints before hopping in the pool and to help cool them down afterwards. Take five minutes before and after your swim to complete these stretches and avoid injury and increase your range of motion.
For your arms, neck and shoulders
A brief history of Olympic swimming
Swimming is one of the most popular spectator sports at the Olympic Games. Did you know that it is also the Olympic sport with the second largest number of events (after athletics)? Swimming at the Olympics has come a long way, but do you know where it started?
The modern Summer Olympics began in 1896, and unlike a lot of other sports, swimming was included from the very first of the modern Games. Initially, the swimming events were only open to men – women were included from 1912.