Somerset ASA is very pleased to retain our own medical advisor, Dr. Harriet Collins, who has attended our Talent Development Camps giving advice and information to swimmers and parents alike.
Dr. Collins has produced a number of factsheets that you or your club may find useful, which you will find below. Why not get in touch with Dr. Collins (contact details) if you would like advice or help with your club? You'll need to read the factsheet first:
What is Sports Massage?
A discipline of using massage for the specific benefit of all sports and exercise participants. It covers the management, manipulation and rehabilitation of the soft tissues of the body e.g. muscles, ligaments and tendons.
Benefits of Sports Massage:
- Improve Circulation and Lymphatic Flow
- Sedate or Stimulate Nerve Endings
- Increase or Decrease Muscle Length
- Assist in Mental Preparation for Sporting Participation
- Assist in the Removal of Metabolic Waste
- Increase or Decrease Muscle Tone
- Remodel Scar Tissue when Required
Sports Massage can be Beneficial at Various Stages of Participation:
- The conditioning/ Training Phase
- Inter Competition
- Post Travel
- Injury Recovery
- Pre Competition
- Post Competition
- Injury Prevention (Sports Massage Association).
Pre Event Sports Massage:
- Provides competitors with the feelings of: Invigoration and Readiness for the Event.
- It will warm and loosen up the muscular system, as well as sharpen the neurological system.
- This part of the massage will last usually between 3-10 minutes for each competitor.
- This session plays a vital role in the psychological preparation for the event by concentrating the mind on a state of readiness.
Post Event Sports Massage:
- Helps the athlete recover from the event.
- Massage will: release and loosen muscle tissues: speed up the removal of lactic acid (waste products): help alleviate the effects of muscle soreness.
- This session will last usually around 10 minutes for each competitor.
Days After the Event:
- Hourly sessions at a fixed price are available in the comfort of your own home (See Sports Massage page).
- A Sports Massage Session will: Reduce aches and pains: remove DOMS; remove swelling; help prevent injuries; and relaxation.
NutritionSwim England has a duty of care to advise members that we don’t recommend supplements be taken without proper consultation.
Download Swim England statement regarding nutritional supplement use in athletes under 18 years of age
Health Benefits of Aquatic Immersion and ActivityDownload
- the Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Swimming report by Swim England’s Health Commission
- publication which highlights the many research-based benefits.
We Are Undefeatable: Meena’s Story
Meena used to do activities where she was on her feet for longer, but the pain in her knees from her arthritis gradually made them less enjoyable. That’s part of why she’s found swimming so helpful.
Fact Sheets on Supporting Swimmers
- Asthma and Competitive Swimming - Supporting Swimmers
- Asthma and Swimming - Supporting Swimmers
- Dementia and Swimming - Supporting Swimmers
- Diabetes and Competitive Swimming - Supporting Swimmers
- Diabetes and Swimming - Supporting Swimmers
- Epilepsy and Swimming - Supporting Swimmers
- IInfectious Mononucleosis and Swimming - Supporting Swimmers
- Mental Health and Swimming - Supporting Swimmers
- Otitis Externa and Swimming - Supporting Swimmers
- Skin Conditions and Swimming - Supporting Swimmers
Swim England has worked with Good Boost to provide an exercise rehabilitation app that can be used at home during periods of lockdown or other times when you can’t get to your local pool! To find out more and access the app, visit the Good Boost website.
Mental Health Helplines
BelievePerform and Mind’s physical activity team have teamed up to develop a range of infographics that include information on mental health helplines and support services for the sport community.
Download all the infographics here.
Dementia friendly swimming sessions are quieter sessions at swimming pools with trained staff and appropriate facilities. View information on sessions at Bristol swimming pools which have them.
Download the Dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide, a free resource from the Alzheimer's Society full of tips and advice for any organisation or individual that delivers physical activity
Download overview of and key findings from The Swim England Dementia Friendly Swimming Project