Swimming is an individual or team sport that involves using arms and legs to move the body through water. Typically, the sport takes place in pool or in open-water (e.g., in sea or lake). Competitive swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports which consists of butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley. In addition to these individual events, swimmers also take part in relay events. Swimming each stroke requires specific techniques. In competition, there are specific regulations concerning the acceptable form for different strokes. There are also rules put in place to regulate what types of swimsuits are allowed at competitions.
Medley is a combination of four different swimming strokes, there are butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle into one race. The race is either swum by one swimmer as individual medley (IM) or by four swimmers as a medley relay.
Although it is possible for competitive swimmers to incur several injuries from the sport, there are also multiple health benefits associated with the sport.