People who have suffered accidents that claimed one of their limbs have always had a problem trying to adapt a new way of life. However, advancements in the technology have allowed people who have lost their legs to walk again with the help of prosthetics. Walking on land with the use of a prosthetic leg has been easy but navigating through water remains a challenge until March 2017. Northwell Health in collaboration with JWT New York worked together to create a swimming prosthetic for a veteran.
About Dan Lasko
Dan Lasko, a 34 years old former Marine had an explosion in Afghanistan that claimed the lower part of his left leg. Lasko who is a longtime triathlete is a father of two boys and currently, lives in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Most amputees have a problem swimming since the prosthetic only acts as an anchor and not for propulsion. This was not different for Lasko until JWT brought the new waterproof prosthetic that provides both propulsion and support while swimming.
Features of the Prosthetics
This is the first prosthetic swim leg that propels the swimmer while swimming just like the original limb. Todd Goldstein is the designer of the amphibious prosthetic that allows the users to engage in both land and aquatic activities. On the sole of the prosthetic are a non-slip tread and a jet-black foot. One part of the leg features an upside down triangle of plastic and nylon that is located at calf height to allow proper propulsion. Additionally, the cone-shaped holes on the prosthetic allow water to pass through it preventing the device from overpowering the natural limb. Goldstein used a 3D printer to include some of these components and correct some issues on the prosthetic.
The triathlete has six different types of prosthetics for walking, cycling, sprinting, and one for high-impact exercise. The new swim leg now adds to the list of the seventh prosthetic on his special closet. The campaign that saw JWT and Northwell Health come together in the creation of the first fully functioning prosthetic aims at developing more prosthetics for people with amputated legs. The prosthetics will be available in the market at $2,000-$5,000 later in the year.
Many people may have never heard of Olivet Nazarene University. Nestled in the suburbs of Bourbonnais, Illinois, the school is home to roughly 6,000 students. Its biggest claim to fame when it comes to sports is the campus is used by the Chicago Bears for their training camp.
Now, however, Olivet Nazarene may have a new reputation in the sporting world, being home to one of the top collegiate swimming programs in the nation.
At the recent National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Meet in Columbus, Georgia, the ONU Men’s Team captured its second consecutive national title, garnering 658.5 points. Not to be outdone, the Olivet Nazarene Women’s Team won its first ever national championship, accumulating 639 points. The two squads combined won 14 individual national championships. Your text to link…
The honors didn’t stop there for ONU. On the Men’s side, Magnus Poulsen was named the NAIA Swimmer of the Year after winning national championships in both the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly. Shane Brinson was voted the NAIA Diver of the Year for winning the championship in both the one and three meter dives. For the women, Amanda Moran got first in the 200 backstroke, setting a new NAIA record of 1:56.87 and being recognized for the best performance of the national meet. ONU Women’s Coach Scott Teeters was named the NAIA Coach of the Year.
Along with the same school taking home men’s and women’s national championships, SCAD Savannah from Georgia was the national runners up for both the men and women.
Swimming is a great way to have fun and get active. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find a reliable pool that you’re able to use on a regular basis. During the winter months, it can be especially problematic to find a place that offers indoor swimming. One way to find a great low cost swimming pool is by checking out your local recreational centers. Facilities like the YMCA or Boys and Girls Club often have indoor swimming pools available to patrons. These pools are either free or are part of the membership to join the facility’s club.
In the summer, many areas have public swimming pools that you can utilize. These pools charge the same as any theme park would, providing a seasonal membership card to those who pay to use their services. The beauty about joining a club and using their pool is that you can go, have fun and leave. There is no maintenance or cleaning required on your part as this is all included in your membership.
If you would rather have a pool in your backyard for convenience’s sake, you need to find a quality product that is built to last. Look for pools that are both easy to set up and relatively maintenance-free. Many above-ground pools have filters attached so that you have consistently clear water all throughout the summer. Investing in a hard cover for the pool, as opposed to a tarp, will keep the water clean and debris-free when it isn’t in use. Investing in a pool for your yard can be a lot of money, but just think of all the membership fees you’ll save on by not having to travel to have access to a water hole. Swimming is great for kids and adults alike as it’s an interactive activity that’s easy on the joints.
The summer is a great time to get outdoors and visit the local beach to soak up the sun. Sadly, many women find this experience to be frightening because of self-esteem issues related to seeing their body in a swimsuit. Swimsuit season is difficult for a lot of women and teen girls, but it can be made worse if you don’t have a great suit to wear. With the internet readily available, a lot of women are finding it easy to do their shopping online. Unfortunately, you may have a bathing suit delivered that doesn’t fit well or isn’t what was shown in the picture. Sure, you can return the garment to the store, but this is a waste of your time and money, as you’ll often have to pay the postage fees to send the item back.
The issue with ordering swimsuits online is that you can’t try anything on. Out of all types of garments, you need to know what a bathing suit looks like on you before making the decision to purchase it. If you go to a local store, you’re able to take multiple suits into the dressing room to see what they will look like on you. When shopping online, you’re only going by what the suit looks like on a model. The bathing suit might look fantastic on the model but not fit well when you receive it at home. It might be tempting to take advantage of a great deal on the internet or obtain a suit you wouldn’t normally find in your area but unless you’re absolutely sure of the fit before buying, it’s best to stick with local shops that allow you to try the clothing on. The right swimsuit will help you feel more confident when it’s time to hit the beach.
Muslim swimmers in London, England are now able to wear burkinis in swimming competitions. Burkinis are a type of swimsuit that cover the entire body. The Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation sent a special request to the Amateur Swimming Association. The ASA was asked to allow women to wear loose-fitting body suits.
Up until now, swimmers were not allowed to wear body suits during competitions. The reason these types of bathing suits were banned was because many people believed that they had qualities that would enhance one’s performance. This new guideline will only apply to swimmers in amateur competitions. The guidelines also state that the swimmers will have to let the referees know that they will be wearing a burkini prior to the competition.
The referees are not allowed to ask the participant why they want to wear the burkini. They do not want anyone to be uncomfortable. Chris Bostok is the chairman of the ASA Board. He has stated that the changes are a step in the right direction. He hopes that the changes will encourage more people to participate in the swimming competitions. He also hopes that everyone will be able to reach their full potential.
Rimla is a member of the Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation. She has stated that the number of Muslim women participating in sports is growing. That is why it is imperative that governing bodies change to fit the needs of these athletes. The organization is pleased with the changes that the ASA has made.
Many people enjoy going to a public pool. It is a well-known fact that some people urinate inside of a pool. However, these pools may have more urine than most people think. A team of researchers tested two Olympic-sized pools for acesulfame-K (ACE), which is a sweetener that is found in urine.
They tested a 220,000 gallon pool. It had 75 liters of urine. They also tested a 110,000 gallon pool. It had 30 liters of urine in it. Additionally, the researchers tested water samples from 250 hot tubs and pools. All of the pools had urine in them. In fact, the pools had 570 times more ACE than tap water.
The reason that the researchers checked for ACE is because it is found in pre-packaged foods. It cannot be metabolized by humans, so the body excretes is through urine. The researchers stated that they did not want to scare anyone with the study. However, they do want people to know that the urine in pools is a public health concern.
Urine itself is sterile. However, when it reacts with chlorine, it forms a compound that can irritate the respiratory system and eyes. It has also been shown to trigger or worsen asthma.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that health hazards in public pools have been a concern for a long time. Every year, thousands of pools close due to health and safety violations. Many pools do not have the proper PH for killing germs.
When the weather is appropriate, the best and most exciting way to spend your time is through swimming. There is something cool and enticing about oceans or lakes; you should have every reason to plan a trip to one of the best dive sites around the world. Our best picks are from these stunning caverns, waterfalls, lagoons and lakes.
To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa
One of the most epic places in the world is Samoa. The country is awash with beautiful sites and spots for all kinds of vacations. This is a must visit place for every traveler. This is a swimming hole that is 98-foot-deep full or turquoise water that is crystal clear. A swim in this area is definitely worth the dime.
This magical place is a crack between two tectonic plates, where the Eurasian and North American continents converge. The glacial water is phenomenally clear, so clear that it retains visibility over 300 feet. You can snorkel or dive between two continents.
Krka National Park, Croatia
Set in Croatia, this fantastic scene is of two rivers coming together to form a stunning set of waterfalls. The emerald-green waters are perfect for swimming and live up to its reputation of having a photogenic hype. The location is at a remote national park.
The Great Blue Hole, Belize
Only experienced divers should swim in this place. It is a sinkhole, a few miles of the coast of Belize City. The site called Frommer describes this place as the “holy grail” of scuba divers.
Havasu Falls Arizona
Hidden in the Grand Canyon, about a ten-mile hike is this magical scene. The waters are crystal blue and astoundingly clear that swimming in them is incredibly refreshing to the mind, body, and spirit.
Swimming is an activity that most people engage in for fun. However, studies have shown that numerous health benefits can be associated with this activity.
For instance, during swimming one is forced to hold their breath when underwater hence the body adapts by learning how to use oxygen more efficiently. When inhaling, a swimmer takes in more oxygen and exhales more carbon dioxide which increases tidal volume; this lowers blood pressure and reduces the heart rate.
Fitness and health often go hand in hand, the efficient use of oxygen that is as result of swimming increases the body’s endurance significantly. This makes it easier for one to engage in other forms of exercise such as running with ease, therefore, contributing to a person’s overall fitness.
When swimming, the body uses all the muscles including those that are often underworked. The energy required to engage this muscles leads to the breakdown of excess body fat which improves overall health. Muscles that are often neglected in the daily routine workout such as the traps and deltoids are engaged when swimming.
Swimming is a vigorous activity that gets the blood flowing. Studies have shown that exercises performed under water increase the blood flow to the brain compared to those conducted on land.
Swimming has been found to possess extreme stress relieving benefits. Endorphins that are induced during exercise which in this case is swimming contribute to lowering stress levels. When one is immersed underwater, senses are dulled which creates a feeling of calmness in the body hence reducing stress levels. A few laps around the pool after a long stressful day at the office will do wonders for the body.
Due to efficient cardiovascular performance, reduced cholesterol levels and lower blood pressure regular swimmers appear younger than they are.
A recent police report claims that a man who had never learned how to swim put heroism ahead of practice, leaping into the pool of a New Jersey La Quinta Inn to save a nine-year-old boy from drowning.
Officers with the Fairfield police claim that a Paterson female and her male companion were swimming in the motel’s pool with their five children, ranging in age between 1 and 9 years. None of the pool-goers had learned how to swim and the nine-year-old had gone below the water’s surface.
While the woman’s companion fled to the front desk in order to get help, Randolph Tajada-Perez, a resident of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, overheard the companion’s panicked cries and ran to save the boy. Tajada-Perez was in the middle of checking in when the companion made it to the front desk. While Tajada-Perez had just as little training in swimming as the children or the adult parties involved, he wasted no time in plunging into the pool to save the child. After several attempts, the boy was resuscitated and is currently in stable condition.
The process of drowning is divided up into four stages.The drowning process begins the moment that a person is unable to keep his head above water.
- The moment that the body needs to refresh its oxygen supply upon voluntarily holding one’s breath.
- Fluids enter the person’s airway or are swallowed.
- Oxygen empties the body and breathing stops.
- Irreversible brain damage as a result of oxygen deprivation.
Every type of exercise can benefit your health. However, swimming is different from other types of aerobic exercise. Being in the water lessens the effects of gravity. That is why it is a great choice for people who suffer from osteoarthritis. Many people with this disorder find that other types of exercise are extremely painful.
Studies have shown that swimming can reduce stiffness in the arteries. This is one of the factors that increases the risk of heart problems. It can also lower blood pressure. Swimming is also a great exercise for people who are overweight or obese. Overweight people find that running is too uncomfortable or hot.
Even though swimming is a low-impact exercise, it is extremely effective. Water is dense, so it does put pressure on your joints. However, the pressure is evenly distributed. That is why swimming is much better for your joints than other types of exercise.
When you run or ride your bike, you have a tendency to breathe shallowly. However, when you swim, your breaths are deeper. Additionally, swimming helps you work all of the major muscle groups of your body. That is why swimmers typically have toned bodies.
David Tanner is the research associate at Indiana University. He has stated that people who are interested in swimming will need to start out slowly. You do not want to do too much soon. You can start off by doing three 30 minute sessions per week. Furthermore, you should relax while you are in the water.