Swimming is a sport with a very long history. Swimming is widely loved, suitable for all ages and all bodies, all conditions. Swimming originated and developed from Western countries and has become one of the most popular sports in the world today. Let’s begin to swim into its history through the following article!
When did humans first start swimming?
Swimming dates back to the prehistoric period about 7,000 years ago through paintings from the Stone Age. Swimming started to take part in Europe around 1800 and the most popular is frog swimming. Swimming officially participated in the first Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.
By 1902, swimming was popular in the West with the front-crawl introduced by Richard Cavill. World Swimming Federation (FINA) was officially established in 1908. By 1930, butterfly swimming was popular and considered as a variant of breaststroke, later confirmed as an independent swimming style in 1952.
Swimming became an official sport at the 1896 Olympics and was only available to men. Athletes competed in the 100m and 1,500m Freedom content. After that, more content was added, including frog swimming, backstroke, butterfly swim, and personal mix. It was not until 1912 that swimming was reserved for women. There are currently 16 races held for men and women, a total of 32 races, in each Summer Olympic Games. The Special Olympics also have 22 swimming categories for men and women, 44 in total.
Swimming is an activity that is done entirely in water with movement of the whole body. Therefore, the body becomes extremely sensitive under the water and prone to diseases of the eyes, ear, nose, and throat. According to my swimming experience, to protect the body safely when swimming, you need to fully equip essential swimming equipment such as swimming caps, swimming goggles or swim floats, … especially important for children.
Through the above article, I think you understand something about swimming history and its applications, right? Come on, now take a few laps to relax!