30 Nov 2019

Swimming is helping to save the health and social care system more than £357 million a year, according to new research. The cost of savings to the NHS are revealed in Swim England’s Value of Swimming report, which outlines how water-based activity is making a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of the nation. Now Swim England is calling on the Government and healthcare professionals to ‘maximise the benefits’ swimming can offer to ‘help people live longer, better, happier lives’.

In the most comprehensive report of its kind ever carried out by a sporting national governing body, Swim England’s in-depth study shows the vital role swimming plays in preventing, and treating, physical and mental health conditions.

According to the analysis, the largest health savings are made up from dementia (£139,546,106) and strokes (£100,046,173).

Other key savings are made in diabetes (£37,446,191), colon cancer (£10,433,330), breast cancer (£9,830,341) and depression (£9,501,792).

The report also reveals how £51,048,348 is saved as a result of reduced GP and psychotherapy visits by those who swim regularly.

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