Personal Narrative: How Swimming Changed My Life

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Growing up, I was a swimmer. I started swimming competitively when I was nine years old and continued throughout high school. Since high school, I have kept swimming a part of my life by using it for exercise and coaching swimmers from age five to eighteen. Swimming has provided many benefits to me. As the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested, swimming has become my "life sport" (AAP, 2006). For me it's like riding a bicycle, I never forget how to do any of the strokes. It is a full body workout and it's great at relieving stress. When I was younger I had daily swim practices that would take up most of my evening. During high school, I had practice before school started, two-hour practices after school, and Saturday practices. …show more content…
I never felt pressured into winning and knew that they were proud of me no matter how I did in a race. I have also had a handful of great coaches. I've only had one coach that was not supportive and made me feel awful if he thought I didn't swim my best. At the time, I was only eleven and his actions and behavior towards me made me fall out of love with the sport and quit. After a few months off I decided to give swimming a try again on a different team. I had the best coaches and experience ever while being on a swim team. Other than that one coach, I have always felt like my coaches truly wanted the best for me and were supportive of me in my swimming life as well as in my life outside of …show more content…
Without it, a child could become obese due to lack of physical activity. In the Sports Participation article, it states that "sports participation can positively impact academic achievement for high school students." I agree with this statement and believe that it helps with younger students as well. According to research in the article Organized Sports and the Health of Children and Youth, it is found that participating in an organized sport "can reduce fatness, strengthen bones and help maintain a healthy heart and circulatory system" (Rosewater, 2010, p.1). The serious injuries that children may be sustaining from sports before they are physically ready, I feel, is due to the pressure and seriousness of the parents and coaches. It is fine to have young children participate in sports only if it's used to teach them about the sport, teach them teamwork, and to let them have

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