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Should Doctors prescribe swimming?

Swim England: Should Doctors prescribe swimming

Doctors ‘should prescribe swimming to aid recovery from medical conditions’

Original article by Swim England

Swim England has called for the medical profession to be more proactive in prescribing swimming as part of a programme of activity to manage a variety of medical conditions and aid recovery. 

As part of its latest #LoveSwimming campaign, titled Moving Medicine, Swim England has issued the plea alongside inspirational stories of how swimming has helped transform the physical health of a number of people across the country who were suffering from a variety of conditions.

The individuals, who were struggling to cope with arthritis, Type 2 diabetes and chronic pain, were all prescribed swimming to help ease their conditions.

Elaine McNish, Head of Health and Wellbeing at Swim England said: “Swimming is an ideal activity which can help people manage a range of medical conditions and we are calling on the medical profession to consider recommending swimming to people who would benefit from improved physical health.

“As the government and medical profession increasingly move to prescribe exercise as a conduit to improved physical health, we believe that swimming and wider aquatic activity is increasingly the answer for many people and are calling on health professionals to consider prescribing swimming in ever increasing numbers.”

The #LoveSwimming campaign has been launched ahead of World Health Day on Sunday 7 April.

Evidence shows that one in four patients would be more active if advised by a health professional, yet nearly three quarters of GPs do not speak about the benefits of physical activity to patients due to either lack of knowledge, skills or confidence. (Source: Moving Medicine)

The current Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, has called for a “culture shift” and for medical professionals to act on the evidence that activity, such as swimming or long walks, can cut the risk of illness and boost survival from major diseases.

To showcase the physical benefits and the impact of prescribing swimming, Swim England has created three short films which share the stories of individuals who have experienced phenomenal physical health benefits as a result of swimming.

Benefits of swimming have been massive

Steve Wright, 62, is a Type 2 diabetic who was diagnosed nearly a decade ago but had never taken his health seriously. 

After suffering a stroke in 2018, he realised he needed to take action and worked with a medical professional who suggested he try swimming. 

He has seen remarkable health improvements in the last six months, his diabetes is now under control and he’s looking forward to a healthier future.

Treatment for Type 2 diabetes accounts for nearly nine per cent of the annual NHS budget, totalling an enormous £8.8 billion every year. 

With 3.8 million people in England already diagnosed and an additional 200,000 new diagnoses each year, it’s taking a real toll on resource. (Source: Gov.uk 2018)

On his involvement in the Love Swimming campaign, Steve, from Chester-le-Street, said: “The benefits of swimming physically, mentally, socially, have been massive. 

“To be able to share my story and be part of Swim England’s campaign is brilliant.

“If I can help inspire just one person to give swimming a go, I will be absolutely delighted.”

The campaign video series also includes Wanda Stockdale, who was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in her early 30s and has described swimming as “absolutely life-changing”, and Paul Kirby, who found swimming had a phenomenal impact on his health when his desk-job resulted in a severe back injury and resulting limp.

 

Audio: DASL on Smashing Records!

Audio: Smashing Records DASL on Resonance FM

Smashing records on Resonance FM Radio

Abs talks to Sylvia and the team from The Bridge in Southwark about their amazing health and wellbeing programmes, plus one of the stars of DASL’s Supported Swimming Group, Mariza. No vinyl will be harmed in the making of this show.

 

 

Below Abs talks to Mujahid, telling his story of losing his sight in childhood and now ice skating and swimming with DASL Intosport

 

 

Smashing Records: A series marking Disability History Month (https://ukdhm.org/). Abs Tripp from DASL (http://www.disabilitylambeth.org.uk/) discusses how music fires people up to jump higher, ride further and shout louder.

 

BBS Swimming Gala 2019!

BBS National Youth Swimming Gala 30 March 2019

ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE BRITISH BLIND SPORT NATIONAL YOUTH SWIMMING GALA 2019

Originally posted on  britishblindsport.org.uk  by 

British Blind Sport is pleased to confirm the 2019 date for the charity’s National Youth Swimming Gala as Saturday 30th March. The prestigious event will take place in the West Midlands at the University of Birmingham’s Sport & Fitness Centre, Edgbaston (B15 2TT) from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm and is free to enter for all blind and partially sighted children aged between 8 to 17 years old.

Hosted by the national charity for visually impaired people in sport, this event has been held successfully for over 20 years and is the only VI specific youth swimming competition in the UK, attracting participants from across the country. It is the perfect event for any child with a visual impairment to take part in swimming or compete against children their own age. Free, one to one and small group lessons will also be on offer for those children aged 5-17 years of age, who may not feel confident enough to take part in the swimming gala but would like to learn the basic principles of how to swim. These lessons we be delivered by qualified coaches with experience of working with people with visual impairments.

Alaina MacGregor, CEO of British Blind Sport said:

“Every year we see how the gala makes a real difference to young people living with sight loss, many of whom have never had the opportunity to participate in a sporting event that is adapted to suit their needs or been able to compete alongside their peers. The event also helps young people, families and volunteers to learn more about British Blind Sport and the many projects that we deliver to support young VI people in sport.  It also provides a unique experience for our See My Voice Young Leaders who volunteer to help run the event. Year on year, we receive really positive feedback from the participants and young volunteers at the event and I am pleased that it remains a mainstay within the BBS calendar. ”

British Blind Sport Participation Delivery Officer, Alex Pitts said,

“Sport is a tool that can be used to inspire people of all backgrounds. The BBS National Youth Swimming Gala holds extreme significance, as it provides the opportunity to integrate and socialise with others who have had similar life experiences, as well as developing swimming proficiency.  The event also offers signposting to local clubs so that participants can train and compete year round. We love to see the difference just one event can make to young people’s lives”.

For further details please visit the British Blind Sport website or to register please click here. If you wish to sign up a group of swimmers, please contact Alex Pitts on 07929 356428 or email Alex@britishblindsport.org.uk.

British Blind Sport need volunteers to help at upcoming events. If you can spare some time to help the visually impaired and blind attendees enjoy the day fully, please get in touch.

Download the BBS National Youth Swimming Gala 2019 poster here

Download the BBS National Youth Swimming Gala Accessible Poster 2019 here

 

 

BBS Swimming Gala 2019

BBS National Youth Swimming Gala 30 March 2019
Venue:
West Midlands at the University of Birmingham’s Sport & Fitness Centre, Edgbaston (B15 2TT)
Time:
12.30 pm - 5.00 pm
Phone:
07929 356428
Date:
30th March 2019
Cost:
Call Contact to Confirm


ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE BRITISH BLIND SPORT NATIONAL YOUTH SWIMMING GALA 2019

Originally posted on  britishblindsport.org.uk  by 

British Blind Sport is pleased to confirm the 2019 date for the charity’s National Youth Swimming Gala as Saturday 30th March. The prestigious event will take place in the West Midlands at the University of Birmingham’s Sport & Fitness Centre, Edgbaston (B15 2TT) from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm and is free to enter for all blind and partially sighted children aged between 8 to 17 years old.

For further details please visit the British Blind Sport website or to register please click here. If you wish to sign up a group of swimmers, please contact Alex Pitts on 07929 356428 or email Alex@britishblindsport.org.uk.

Hosted by the national charity for visually impaired people in sport, this event has been held successfully for over 20 years and is the only VI specific youth swimming competition in the UK, attracting participants from across the country. It is the perfect event for any child with a visual impairment to take part in swimming or compete against children their own age. Free, one to one and small group lessons will also be on offer for those children aged 5-17 years of age, who may not feel confident enough to take part in the swimming gala but would like to learn the basic principles of how to swim. These lessons we be delivered by qualified coaches with experience of working with people with visual impairments.

Alaina MacGregor, CEO of British Blind Sport said:

“Every year we see how the gala makes a real difference to young people living with sight loss, many of whom have never had the opportunity to participate in a sporting event that is adapted to suit their needs or been able to compete alongside their peers. The event also helps young people, families and volunteers to learn more about British Blind Sport and the many projects that we deliver to support young VI people in sport.  It also provides a unique experience for our See My Voice Young Leaders who volunteer to help run the event. Year on year, we receive really positive feedback from the participants and young volunteers at the event and I am pleased that it remains a mainstay within the BBS calendar. ”

British Blind Sport Participation Delivery Officer, Alex Pitts said,

“Sport is a tool that can be used to inspire people of all backgrounds. The BBS National Youth Swimming Gala holds extreme significance, as it provides the opportunity to integrate and socialise with others who have had similar life experiences, as well as developing swimming proficiency.  The event also offers signposting to local clubs so that participants can train and compete year round. We love to see the difference just one event can make to young people’s lives”.

British Blind Sport need volunteers to help at upcoming events. If you can spare some time to help the visually impaired and blind attendees enjoy the day fully, please get in touch.

Download the BBS National Youth Swimming Gala 2019 poster here

Download the BBS National Youth Swimming Gala Accessible Poster 2019 here

 

 

1 to 1 Coached Swimming

Swimming 1 to 1 Coaching in Ealing
Venue:
Northolt Leisure Centre, Eastcote Lane North, London, UB5 4AB.
Time:
12.00 noon - 13.00 pm
Phone:
07428 783509
Date:
16th December 2019
Cost:
Cost: £20.00 for four 1-1 Coached session *Saves £18.60 per session *This is a subsidised rate for current Metro members only.


Vision Impaired Swimming

A chance at Swimming: 1-1 Coaching

Metro Blind Sport in partnership with Ealing Swimming Club and Everyone Active are offering one to one swimming lessons, as we believe this is the best way to start if you have always wanted to try swimming, but need that one to one support.

Time: 12.00 to 13.00  When: Mon or Weds – Ongoing! – Call 07428 783509 to confirm

Thanks to our great partners and coach at the Ealing Swimming Club it maybe be possible to be flexible with times or days, with the 1 to 1 swimming sessions, subject to coaches availability

Where: Northolt Leisure Centre, Eastcote Lane North, London, UB5 4AB.
Who for: Blind and beginners/non-swimmers
Cost: £20.00 for four 1-1 Coached session *Saves £18.60 per session
*This is a subsidised rate for current Metro members only.
Contact: Fred Burley – Ealing Swimming Club Tel. 07428 783509 or email fred@swimesc.co.uk

How to book: Please contact either Fred Burley – Ealing Swimming Club, Tel. 07428 783509 or email fred@swimesc.co.uk

 

Metro Member’s first Swimming Session at the Northolt Leisure Centre in Ealing!