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Disabilities

One fin design, highly adaptable.
What disabilities do you need them for?
I have disabled customers with many different disabilities including: motor control problems, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, neuropathy, stroke complications, below-knee amputees, above-knee amputees, bilateral amputees etc. They find shinfin™ fins invaluable for teaching them to swim, building muscle tone, regaining movement control, rehabilitation etc. They get more fun from swimming and other water activities, and more health benefits too. I get excellent feedback.

  • Need fins that fit on your thigh […]

  • We have many below knee amputees using shinfin fins around the world and we get great feedback. It depends on the person of course but many below knee amputees can pretty much get back to swimming as normal with shinfin fins, finding them very beneficial. Good hip movement helps and shinfin fins help to develop this too.

    Fitting the fin on your lower leg stump is probably the best position if you can, because your knee joint helps to control the angle of the fin a bit more. 15 cm (6 inch) stumps should be enough for this (there are ways of adapting the fit to shorter stumps). Alternatively, you can fit the fin on your thigh with the straps just above your knee (as for above knee amputees). We have below knee amputee customers doing both. It depends on your body flexibility and joint movements as to which is best for you. You can experiment with this, and also with the angle of the fins around your legs.

    The fins give extra kick power, encourage and stabilise a streamlined body position, and lift legs horizontal to reduce drag (even for slow kicking and gliding). The fins can be worn in different positions on each leg. The idea is to balance the down kick of one leg with the upkick of the other. The fins will also help get more power from the arm strokes because the left leg kicking down diagonally balances the force of the right arm pull, and vice versa. You can experiment with the height and angle of the fins around your legs to optimise your stroke.

    The shinfin fins will help to lift your legs to a horizontal streamlined swimming position (on your front or on your back), even if you don’t kick. If you then kick a little bit, the shinfin fins will guide you towards the correct swimming kick. The shinfin fins do this because they have a natural flex that matches a good kicking style for freestyle, backstroke or fly. They encourage you to use the large muscles in your thighs, buttocks and torso and so help to build muscle tone in these areas. (Foot flippers are quite different as they require much more knee bend, and strain your feet, ankles and […]

  • If either or both feet are amputated, the fins will help lift your legs to a horizontal swimming position and encourage a natural, powerful, […]

  • Customers with fused ankles generally find it better to wear the fins a little bit higher up the leg than usual, perhaps with the fin tips somewhere near the base of the toes or even a bit higher. Please experiment to find the best height and orientation around the leg – the fins are quite flexible and adaptable to fit at different positions. The angled foot will still cause some drag in the water but the fins w […]

  • The shinfin fins teach a horizontal body position and good streamlined kick. The trick is to relax and let the fins flow naturally. The fins have a ”natural resonance”, so you can just let the fins guide you without thinking about it. I’ve witnessed this with children with CP – swimming on their front and back – it can be almost instantaneous and very dramatic to watch. Also, the fin ”natural resonance” kick pattern tends to hold for a while even after they take the fins off – people remember the feel […]

  • If you have difficulty controlling leg movements, the natural flexibility and flex of the fins will guide you to a more streamlined kick for freestyle, backstroke and fly. The fins are specifically designed to encourage a streamlined kick. They guide your muscles to achieve a natural rhythmic movement. Their ability to help overcome difficulties with movement control is very […]

  • Even if you can’t kick and just use your arms for power, the fins will help to lift your legs to a horizontal streamlined swimming position with your knees fairly straight. This minimises drag from leg drop and makes swimming more enjoyable. They work like this for swimming on your front using freestyle, breaststroke or butterfly arm strokes. They also work like this for swimming on your back using backstroke arm strokes and breaststroke style […]

  • Using the fins with […]