Is there a flotation device for swimming without the use of legs?

by Nicole

Hi there,

I am a Sports Rehabilitation Therapist and one of my clients is 21 years old and has had a double hip operation for to change the head of his femurs from oval to round. This was 2 years ago and he had a virus in between his two operations that has left him with constant nerve pain in his hips and down his legs. He can walk with crutches and has made great progress with his upper body.

He was always a strong swimmer so I would like to get him in the pool so he can improve his fitness, energy levels and confidence. I would like to get him swimming with just his upper body but it would cause too much pain to hold a Pool Buoy in between his legs. Is there a flotation device that is maybe used by those with paralysed legs?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,


Hi Nicole,
Thank you for your question, may I first say how dedicated you are to look for further help to help another person. Swimming would be a great help to this person especially with stamina and strength it also keeps a person supple the 3 s’s......

The best idea I have found is a floatation jacket this keeps the upper body supported when in deeper water the legs will trail behind but a person will not be forced to stand up or touch the floor. These floatation aids are made for adults and children. It is simply like a life jacket with middle support.

A person can use their arms without the need to use their legs I don’t think it’s a good idea to tie legs up totally in case of emergency.

I’ve had a look on the internet for you and found a support jacket for you so you can see what I’m talking about. Use this copy and paste to find page

Let me know how you get on I’m interested in your quest to help this person to achieve his personal goals.

Thanks for getting in touch, please get back in touch if you have any further questions or you want to update me on his progress....

Dale :)

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