noun - Disabled swimming is swimming by an individual with disabilities.
Disabled swimmers at the Paralympic Games are classified into 14 different classes including the S14 class for athletes with a learning disability. Swimmers with physical impairments are classified in different categories known as functional classifications because classification is based on how an athlete moves in the water. An athlete’s classification may change for different swimming strokes because the nature of their impairment may affect their ability to perform a particular stroke.
Swimming is governed by the IPC and coordinated by the IPC Swimming Technical Committee.
Paralympic Disabled Swimming
Paralympic disabled swimmers fall into six categories:
- cerebral palsy
- visual impairment
- spinal cord injuries
- intellectual impairment
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