is a water sport in which the swimmer moves through the water by means of arm and leg movements.
A distinction is made between recreational swimming and competitive swimming. There are different strokes with which one moves: front crawl, breaststroke, back crawl, compound backstroke and butterfly. Swimming is considered a very healthy form of recreation and exercise. This is partly because almost all the muscles of the body are used and, because the body is supported by the water and there are no hard thrust movements, the joints are not as heavily loaded as, for example, when running. This reduces the chance of injuries. This makes swimming suitable for people who are (significantly) overweight, because in swimming, unlike many other sports, they are not hindered by their body weight. Physiotherapy makes grateful use of the properties of water to facilitate therapeutic exercise.