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Warm-Up for Swimming

Before performing any sport, it is important to prepare the body by performing an appropriate warm-up. Warming up prepares the body for the upcoming activities and can help decrease the risk of swimming injuries. The warm-up for swimming should be done before every exercise session - whether it be in the pool for competition or training, or before a gym session or other land-based workouts.

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Example Swimming Warm-Up

Swimmers need to be warmed up before a race. Pool competitions usually involve a single event that can range in duration from 30 seconds to 15 minutes. To get the body prepared for such an activity, a thorough warm-up is required. The warm-up should focus on the specific actions and muscle groups that will be involved in the event, and gradually move from low to high intensity.

Here is an overview of a warm-up that can be done prior to a competition race. The specifics can be adjusted to suit the age and level of the athletes, and constraints such as limited space and time availability - we know it is often hard to find room in the pool prior to your race.

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