February 2018: Swimming In Black Culture

Swimming in Black Culture NSPF

Promoting Swimming as a Physical Activity at Historical Black Colleges and Universities

Swimming In Black CultureNSPF continuously strives to expand not only the industry, but the minds that influence the industry of pools, spas, and swimming. In honor of Black History Month, we take a special topic to heart, courtesy of NSPF Fellowship Recipient Jodi Jensen. Jensen’s research focuses on identifying barriers to access for black swimmers and providing accessibility. 

NSPF provides swim lessons to at-risk populations through the Step Into Swim campaign and is proud to fund research on enabling more swimmers to safely enjoy the water. Please join us in ensuring safe access to swimming for all! 

Guest Blog by Doctoral Student Jodi Jenson

The ability to swim has several benefits which include, but are not limited to, providing a healthy form of exercise, decreasing the chance of disease, and lowering risk of drowning. Swimming is an attractive form of exercise because it does not involve the bearing of body weight due to the buoyancy of the water (Tanaka, 2009). However, participation in swimming activities requires water competency skills to minimize the risk of drowning. Unfortunately, African Americans have been traditionally underrepresented in areas of aquatics such as competitive swimming, yet they have been overrepresented in the drowning statistics.   

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