Swimming: A new sensation

Swimming is both a therapeutic and a competitive sport. It brings a completely new physical sensation and strengthens all your limbs. Weightlessly gliding through the water, at your own speed, is the aim.

Kirsten Bruhn raises fist in victory after winning a race (photo: Kirsten Bruhn)
Kirsten Bruhn raises fist in victory after winning a race (photo: Kirsten Bruhn)

Swimming is particularly valuable for people with disabilities, since the water allows them to move without assistance, an important discovery and experience for anyone with a disability. The buoyancy conditions are relatively favorable for quadriplegics. Once a swimmer has learned to control his or her position in the water, he or she very quickly gains confidence. Swimming has a very high psychological and therapeutic value for people with disabilities since the buoyancy relieves the strain on the body, allows them to move without assistance and stimulates all vegetative functions. It promotes mobility in the joints and stimulates the circulation and breathing. There are of course swimming competitions as well, at both national and international level. These cover all swimming techniques, performed on stretches of between 25m and 400m, as individual and relay races.

Source: Deutscher Rollstuhlsportverband