"We expect fewer injuries of blind and visually impaired swimmers from our pool wall warning system"

When a blind swimmer is touched on the head or back by a tennis ball attached to a long pole by the so-called "tapper", then he or she knows that the pool wall is coming up. If this signal is given too early or too late, it can result in disqualification or injuries. Researchers in Leipzig, Germany, are currently working on an alternative.

08/03/2015

Photo: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hartmann

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hartmann; © Universität Leipzig

Photo: Alexandra Wippich

Alexandra Wippich; © Universität Leipzig

Photo: Swimmer in action

While swimming the athletes can be very fast. If blind swimmers are not warned in time that they come near the pool wall, they can get hurt; © panthermedia.net/ Jenny Sturm

Photo: Nadine Lormis; Copyright: B. Frommann

© B. Frommann