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Benefits of Swimming

USA Swimming's age-group program is America’s largest program of guided fitness activity for children. Age-group swimming builds a strong foundation for a lifetime of good health by teaching healthy fitness habits.

USA Swimming is dedicated to promoting the process of becoming a well-rounded athlete. The program emphasizes personal improvement through competition rather than emphasizing winning or losing.

Many pediatricians recommend swimming as the very best developmental activity for youths. As student-athletes, swimmers maintain a higher grade point average than any other sport. Swimming also encourages intellectual development. As a swimmer accomplishes learning and using new skills, this process helps build a stronger self-image.

Age-group swimmers learn to link quality of effort with quality of results; work cooperatively and unselfishly with others; value persistence; set goals; enjoy their achievement; and make intelligent choices and decisions.

Competitive swimming is also ideal for developing muscular and skeletal growth. A swimmer increases quality aerobic endurance, overall flexibility, and range of motion. Muscles grow in equal proportion by using all major muscle groups while swimming.

Swimming develops superior coordination by requiring a combination of complex movements of all body parts to enhance harmonious muscle function, grace, and fluidity of movement.

The USA Swimming program provides many benefits to young athletes including self-discipline, fitness, good sportsmanship, and time management skills. Competition allows the swimmer to experience success and to learn how to deal with defeat while becoming healthy and physically fit. Through age-group swimming, children gain valuable skills, self-esteem, and a lifetime of friendships.

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