Baby swimming: exploring the effects of early intervention on subsequent motor abilities

Hermundur Sigmundsson*, B. Hopkins

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Abstract

Aim: The aim of the study was to explore the effects of baby swimming on subsequent motor abilities. Background: A range of motor abilities was examined in 4-year-old children who had previously participated in a programme of baby swimming (n 19) and compared with a matched group of coevals who had not had this experience (n= 19). Results: As predicted from the nature of the exercises that comprise the programme, the effects of baby swimming were restricted to abilities associated with prehension and balance. Conclusions: Suggestions are made as to how the theme of this hypothesis-generating, demonstration study can be pursued in the future with more rigorous experimental controls and applications to children with disabilities and impairments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-430
Number of pages3
JournalChild: Care, Health and Development
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

Other keywords

  • Balance
  • Infant stimulation
  • Motor development
  • Prehension

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