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Your Guide to Summer Water Safety

Whether you enjoy swimming in the ocean or prefer to spend your time poolside, water is a great way to cool off as the summer’s heat grows increasingly intense. Water play can also provide both children and adults with a good source of low-impact, aerobic exercise. Before you take the plunge, learn the benefits of aquatic exercise, what your family needs to stay safe at the pool or beach, and courses to help you learn medical emergency techniques.

Benefits of Water-based Aerobics:
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swimming ranks #4 amongst the most popular physical activities, and it’s easy to see why. Water allows the human body additional buoyancy, which reduces the amount of weight placed on muscles, joints, and bones. The CDC shares that those who swim reduce their risk of death by approximately 50% when compared to their inactive counterparts. As with other aerobic activities, participating in water-based exercise can contribute to improved health for those living with chronic conditions, like heart disease or diabetes. South County Physical Therapy Inc.’s (SCPT) Auburn location offers an array of water-based techniques designed to help patients recover from injury. Learn more about the health benefits of water-based exercise, by reading SCPT’s blog article, “Dive Into Better Health This Summer.”

Staying Safe at the Pool or Beach:
The American Red Cross recommends swimming in an area observed by lifeguards. At ponds, lakes, or beaches, pay close attention to specified swimming areas, and stay within the set zones. Even in shallow water, children, the elderly, and those who have difficulty swimming should be watched closely and wear a Coast Guard-approved life vest. It’s important to enroll new swimmers in age-appropriate lessons and monitor children carefully in and around bodies of water.

Emergency Medical Techniques:
Consider learning some emergency medical techniques to keep your family safe. The American Heart Association and the American Red Cross both provide CPR and first aid training, which could help to save a life when each second counts. Courses are also available for those who wish to receive advanced training, like swim coaches, lifeguards, and healthcare professionals. The Learn to Swim Program offered by the American Red Cross is suitable for children over the age of 6 months and adults alike. 

At our Auburn location, we offer an array of water-based techniques designed to help patients recover from injury. Our specialized aquatic physical therapists will work with you in our 8’ x 10’ stand-alone pool, which his heated to 94.5°F, the ideal water temperature for aquatic therapy. For more information on water-based aerobics or SCPT’s Aquatic Therapy Program, please contact us today!

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