Affects on Brain from Swimming?

How does swimming effect the brain?
Dear Madeline

I have no idea if this is going to reach you. My daughter participated for the first time in the regional science fair in South Africa the past weekend. She got a bronze medal in the category grades 5 to 7. She is in grade 5.

Thanks for your ideas etc. because we certainly used it. She is now planning for the next science fair. We want to do something on the influence of exercise (like swimming) on brain capacity. (E.g. ability to remember etc). Do you know about any books I can order in this regard? It is rather difficult to get hold of literature here and there are many books on sale but you do not know whether it will really suit your need.

Thanks again. Elbie

Hi Eblie!
Thank you for sharing your daughter’s achievement.

Will you enter her project in our contest?
The contest will be posted on Sept 15 and you will receive a notice. Or you can contribute this one and then enter the new one.

As far as books are concerned, I really don’t know of a specific one. Suggest you search the term, swimming effect on brain, effect of exercise on brain in Google. 

You can also go to and see if they have any books.

Does anyone else have any resources for Elbie

18 thoughts on “Affects on Brain from Swimming?

  1. Lakendra Colly says:

    Aerobics is so hard there are so many videos and products. I would like to find something more fun to do to stay in shape. I used to play hockey all the time years ago and with out realizing it it kept me in shape.

  2. Leon @ Scrap Car Dartford says:

    I agree with Cory. I dont see how swimming can be damaging to the brain especially not in a pool. I would though be wary about the pressure if you were to be diving down deep in the sea.

  3. South Africa says:

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  4. Cory@GPS Running Watches says:

    Swimming is considered one of the best exercises since you use your whole body. Not only that but I think it is very relaxing as well. I think it can actually be an effective form of exercise for the brain.

  5. jinnie@custom rowing kit says:

    Good suggestions for exercises. I don’t think there is general agreement on eating many small meals throughout the day, though. I think that concept comes from wanting to keep insulin high and blood glucose high and prevent catabolism of muscle. But keeping insulin up makes losing fat really hard, because insulin is the storage hormone. I’ve found (and several others also agree) that longer periods between meals is needed to lose fat. If you work out properly, you won’t lose muscle.

  6. jinnie@anxiety attacks says:

    A major benefit of swimming is the near weightlessness, which can help swimmers strengthen their shoulders and abdominal muscles. The exercise also strengthens the heart and helps decrease problems associated with diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure and allergies.

  7. Sandy@Epoxy Floor Paint says:

    No way can swimming affect your brain. I would only guess that if you did go deep enough it might cause some pressure to build up on your brain. But just casual swimming in a pool or at beach should pose no problem.

  8. double bathroom vanity says:

    Well i am not much converse in this field but I do think being underwater for a long time can have its adverse effects. Since we are holding our breath and limiting the air intake to out lungs hence affecting our brain and normal blood flow in the system.

  9. Acai Berry says:

    Well, I presume to think that if you are swimming down deep the pressure it puts on the head could be harmful on the brain in the long-term. I get headaches if I swim down to far and my ears can be prone to infection. All of this may link to having effects on the brain, which is why I would be interested in reading further studies on this subject.

  10. Braking Systems says:

    I’m not sure about the effects on the brain but there is a study of adolescent students appears to have been well designed, comparing a number of asthma measures in several sub-groups with different types of allergies, taken from across three schools. As one of these schools sanitised its swimming pool water without chlorine, the researchers were able to use it to provide a comparison group of swimmers not exposed to chlorine in their pool use.

  11. bhupi@women's workout says:

    Swimming is the best exercise for body fitness. You can’t think how much affected by swimming.
    Not only brain but also your body temperature and every bones in your body work rapidly.

  12. oliviya@Wall hangings London says:

    Swimming is a healthy activity that can be continued for a lifetime – and the health benefits swimming offers for a lifetime are worth the effort it takes to get to the pool

  13. Walk In Bathtubs says:

    Some interesting comments. I thought I heard somewhere that brain capacity in a more healty brain is more than the opposite. Until more research is conducted however, we can’t really be certain. Good luck on your project!

  14. Rhonda@Garage Floor Coatings says:

    I used to do alot of swimming back when I was in high school. My coach thought me all the fundamentals and never mentioned any sort of bad effects on the brain. The only concern I would take into consideration would be if you went diving in very low depths in the ocean. I would assume that could cause some sort of pressure build on your brain. But regular swimming in a pool should not have any effects.

  15. Robert@Wireless Headphonesfor TV says:

    I’m in agreement with Rhonda. I don’t think there is enough scientific evidence to warrant that it can lead to any type of brain damage. There needs to be further studies done to come to conclusion.

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