Swimming (sport)

Water-based sport This article is about competitive swimming as a recreational activity. For the general article on human movement in the water, see Swimming. "Swimmer" redirects here. For other uses, see Swimmer (disambiguation).

Swimming is an individual or team racing sport that requires the use of one's entire body to move through water. The sport takes place in pools or open water (e.g., in a sea or lake). Competitive swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports, with varied distance events in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley. In addition to these individual events, four swimmers can take part in either a freestyle or medley relay. A medley relay consists of four swimmers who will each swim a different stroke, ordered as backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and freestyle.

Swimming each stroke requires a set of specific techniques; in competition, there are distinct regulations concerning the acceptable form for each individual stroke. There are also regulations on what types of swimsuits, caps, jewelry and injury tape that are allowed at competitions. Although it is possible for competitive swimmers to incur several injuries from the sport, such as tendinitis in the shoulders or knees, there are also multiple health benefits associated with the sport.

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History

Main article: History of swimming Leander swimming across the Hellespont. Detail from a painting by ...read more

Synchronized swimming
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Synchronized swimming ... well as age group routines and figures. Synchronized swimming is both an individual and team sport. Swimmers compete individually during figures, and then...

Swimming
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Swimming ... Swimming is the self-propulsion of a person through water, or a liquid substance, usually for recreation, sport, exercise, or survival. Locomotion is...

Swimming at the Summer Olympics
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Swimming at the Summer Olympics ... Swimming has been a sport at every modern Summer Olympics. It has been open to women since 1912. Along with track & field athletics and gymnastics, it...

Olympic sports
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Olympic sports ... each Olympic sport can be subdivided into multiple disciplines, which are often mistaken as distinct sports. Examples include swimming and water polo...

List of international sports federations
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List of international sports federations ... for example governs swimming, diving, synchronised swimming, and water polo as separate 'disciplines' within the single 'sport' of Aquatics. International...

Botswana Swimming Sport Association
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Botswana Swimming Sport Association ... The Botswana Swimming Sport Association is the national governing body for the sport of swimming in Botswana. "Botswana Swimming Sport Association". FINA...

List of water sports
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List of water sports ... Synchronised swimming consists of swimmers performing a synchronised routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music. Diving, the sport of jumping...

USA Swimming
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USA Swimming ... Olympic Swimming team and any other teams which officially represent the United States, as well as the overall organization and operation of the sport within...

Sport
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Sport ... Sport pertains to any form of competitive physical activity or game that aims to use, maintain or improve physical ability and skills while providing...

Swimming pool
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Swimming pool ... A swimming pool, swimming bath, wading pool, paddling pool, or simply pool is a structure designed to hold water to enable swimming or other leisure activities...

Individual sport
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Artistic swimming at the Summer Olympics
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List of Olympic records in swimming
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Finswimming
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Adam Peaty
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Paralympic swimming
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Olympic-size swimming pool
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Open water swimming
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Swimmer (disambiguation)
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