Just like any sporting activity, professional swimming comes with its challenges. A professional swimmer is exposed to various risks which may include health and physical or psychological. There are certain things that makes swimming a difficult activity or sport to perform:
- The need to train and keep the body fit is a daunting task for any professional swimmer. Regular early morning work outs and exercise brings a reasonable level of discomfort. If it could be avoided, it would be a welcome idea to any swimmer but it is important to keep fit always because swimming requires such.
- Engaging in swimming consistently would cause tiredness and weakness to the body system. The tendency for fatigue to set in after a difficult training or swimming activity is high and this acts as a burden to any professional swimmer.
- The social life of a professional swimmer is usually on the line because due to the demanding nature of the sport. They hardly have time to socialize with friends and family and because of this, the only friends they have are probably their team mates or anyone the sport brings them across.
- Also the ability to balance training and other activities like schooling, working and so on is usually difficult for a professional swimmer. Finding time to study or do a homework when training becomes intense especially when there is an impending swimming competition is challenging. It is a common struggle for an athlete to find a balance.
Also there are also physical effects of swimming on a professional swimmer due to exposure to water for a long time. Certain parts of the body have a tendency to be affected.
For instance, the lungs can be affected by the concentration of chlorine in the water which is actually used to kill bacteria. Chlorine increases the risk to be exposed to asthma and other health conditions connected with the lungs. It worsens the respiratory system and makes breathing difficult sometimes.
There is also a tendency to acquire hair dryness by the action of chlorine on the hair. Swimmers who treats their hairs using chemical means like perming, use of relaxers and dye are exposed to damage by chlorine. Although, there are precautions to take before swimming which includes wearing head gears but it is not that effective because it cannot keep all the water from getting to the hair.
Sometimes the athlete has to turn to other forms of addictions and have to look at drug abuse treatment programs to seek professional assistance.
Professional swimmer face a lot of burden swimming and this can tend to affect their performance if it is not properly handled. ����T