Swimming For Recovery

How this sport could help you keep active after injury

Swimming can be an amazing sport to help you get fitter, lose weight, or just keep active. Aside from being a great full body workout, swimming can be a fantastic way to keep moving, even when recovering from an injury. 

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Find out how swimming can help you to get back into fitness and sport, even after an illness, surgery, or injury.

#1 Low Impact

Swimming is a low impact, non-weight-bearing sport. While exercising in the pool, you can work almost every muscle in the body and with little, or no impact, you are able to raise your heart rate while keeping the stress on your body to a minimum.

#2 Active Recovery Is The Best Medicine

Being active during a recovery period could mean that your body has the potential to heal faster. A recent study for the Journal Of Sports Medicine And Physical Fitness has concluded that swimming has been found to be the best way for athletes to recover. When compared to other recovery types, like massage and passive recovery, swimming was shown to be the most efficient method.

#3 No Pressure!

Swimming relieves pressure on the joints and makes for a safer workout. Because swimming is not weight-bearing, it’s easy on the joints for those who suffer from joint pain and discomfort. It’s a full-body workout that keeps the pressure off your hips, knees and spine.

#4 Stress Management

Recovery isn't just about your physical health, it's about your emotional health, too. Swimming requires concentration, meaning that it may aid mental recovery and is a great way to reduce your stress levels, boost your mood, and increase your brain function.

#5 Flexibility

Swimming can help to increase flexibility, meaning that stiff joints can recover faster. While stretching before and after exercising is a sure way to regain flexibility, the act of swimming itself can also help increase your flexibility in your hips, legs, arms and neck. It can also help improve your posture and alleviate back pain.


There will be a period of time after illness, surgery, or injury that you should wait before going swimming. This is dependent on your circumstances and always seek the advice of a doctor before swimming after illness, surgery, or injury. 

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