Swimming – An essentail life skill

It is a well known and accepted fact that swimming is an essential life skill.? A recent epidemiology study undertaken by a group of researchers from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York indicates that drowning was a common cause of death among children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Dr. Li, who is the founding director of the Centre for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia, said : ?With impaired communication and social skills, autistic kids tend to seek relief of their heightened?anxiety?from the serenity of water bodies. Unfortunately, this behaviour too often leads to tragedies.”

Although this study was not done in India, its findings are relevant here as well. With a greater number of people accessing public pools or even constructing their own swimming areas, swimming lessons could prove vital in saving the life of some children.

This article written in by Tim Newman in Medical News Today discusses this study and its findings more in detail.

Advitya Thapa

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