To quote some extracts from a very interesting article I read on Swimmingworld magazine online, I now know why competitive swimming actually assists Madison’s excellent school results. Swimming has a positive effect on the brain and actually can help renew brain cells and reduce the feeling of pain.
Swimming can create some great effects and produce:
- Endorphins, the hormone which quite simply makes us feel happiness and is ‘nature’s high’, are the key reason why swimming is so addictive; swimmers have an extraordinarily high number of endorphins running through their body after training and racing. When exercise is performed the brain releases a chemical called endorphin which reduces perception of pain through interacting with the opiate receptors in the brain acting in similar manner to narcotics such as morphine and codeine.
Swimming a tough set can even promote “hippocampal neurogenesis” , the growth of new brain cells in a part of the brain that is destroyed by chronic stress and depression. Through participation in sport, patients are able to recover from the effects of depression, making recovery more likely and as well as reducing the chances of relapse.
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