Baby swimming: exploring the effects of early intervention on subsequent motor abilities
Article first published online: 31 AUG 2009
© 2009 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Child: Care, Health and Development
Volume 36, Issue 3, pages 428–430, May 2010
How to Cite
Sigmundsson, H. and Hopkins, B. (2010), Baby swimming: exploring the effects of early intervention on subsequent motor abilities. Child: Care, Health and Development, 36: 428–430. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2009.00990.x
- Issue published online: 9 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 31 AUG 2009
- Accepted for publication 5 May 2009
- infant stimulation;
- motor development;
Aim The aim of the study was to explore the effects of baby swimming on subsequent motor abilities.
Background A range of motor abilities was examined in 4-year-old children who had previously participated in a programme of baby swimming (n= 19) and compared with a matched group of coevals who had not had this experience (n= 19).
Results As predicted from the nature of the exercises that comprise the programme, the effects of baby swimming were restricted to abilities associated with prehension and balance.
Conclusions Suggestions are made as to how the theme of this hypothesis-generating, demonstration study can be pursued in the future with more rigorous experimental controls and applications to children with disabilities and impairments.