Swimming is a fun and generally safe sport. Follow these tips for an injury-free
Here's some basic swimming gear to think about:
Goggles. Swimming with leaky, uncomfortable, or foggy goggles
can be tough on your eyes. Be sure to get a pair of competition or practice goggles
that are comfortable and fit your face. Some swimmers like to have different goggles
for practices and competitions.
Swimsuits. Choose a swimsuit based on what's most important to
you. If you want something that will help you go faster, research brand names and
see if they can back up the claims they make. If you want a suit for practice, choose
something made with quality materials that will last.
Swim caps. Most swim caps are made from latex or silicone. As
with swimsuits, choose a cap based on your needs. In general, latex caps are thinner
and less expensive, and silicone caps are usually thicker, last longer, and cost more.
If you'll be spending a lot of time in a warm pool, a silicone cap might keep your
head too warm.
Ear plugs and nose clips. Some swimmers like to use these to
help keep water out of their ears and noses. Ear plugs should be specifically designed
for use in the water. (Noise-canceling earplugs won't make a watertight seal.) Nose
clips should fit comfortably and stay in place as you swim.
To prevent injuries during practice and meets, swimmers should:
Take time off from training if they feel shoulder, neck, or other pain. They can
try a different stroke or do something else out of the pool to stay in shape. Swimmers
can go back to their regular stroke after the pain is gone.
Wear water-resistant sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater for outdoor practices and