A Russian swimming coach has been accused of torturing & # 39; of baby & # 39; s underwater after images showing that her teaching methods have emerged, experts say.
Elena Rodionova claims to cure children's handicaps, but her techniques have been compared by a pro-Kremlin newspaper to & # 39; exorcism rites & # 39 ;.
The swim trainer forces babies & # 39; s first into the water and she throws around in a pool gymnastics session in her city Krasnodar, southern Russia, showing videos.
As the images became viral, critics said the children cannot breathe and Rodionova risks permanently harming them.
However, the woman urged parents to ignore the advice of experts.
The swimming coach claims to stimulate the child's development with active lessons & # 39; water gymnastics & # 39; when parents stand in line to enroll their children in her lessons.
One of the parents named Olga claimed that Rodionova & # 39; sent by God & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; She taught my child a lot, but I never argued with her, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; My child with cerebral palsy started walking.
Elena Rodionova has been criticized by other coaches and experts for her hard techniques
& # 39; If you don't know Elena, you don't know what miracles she does.
& # 39; I will be grateful to her for the rest of my life.
& # 39; All coaches should work this way and not just splash water. & # 39;
Ella Starkova said that after a year and a half with Mrs Rodionova, her baby was independent & # 39; swam.
The coach claims to improve the child's development with active & # 39; water gymnastics & # 39; sessions
& # 39; Our child is swimming independently, pulling up, refusing to leave the pool & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; She gives him so much enthusiasm and pleasure every lesson. & # 39;
She also claimed that her child's speech and mental development are & # 39; considerably accelerated & # 39 ;.
& # 39; This despite the fact that when Maxim was born, doctors questioned his ability to walk & # 39 ;, she said.
Mrs. Rodionova, pictured with some babies & # 39; s, is very popular and parents stand in line to enroll their children for her lessons
& # 39; Our child's work with Elena became a salvation, gave hope and ultimately results that exceeded our expectations. & # 39;
However, other swimming coaches have strongly criticized Rodionova.
Oksana Zarevina said: & She believes she makes the child stronger and more durable.
& # 39; But when a child is two or three months old, they don't understand what is being done with them.
The coach, pictured as helping a baby swim, urged parents to ignore expert advice
& # 39; They can't be indignant or let the parents know they don't like the exercises.
& # 39; Growing up, the baby will be afraid of water. & # 39;
Coach Natalia Kostromina said that children should feel love, not trauma.
& # 39; Children can learn everything using soft, soft workouts that are comfortable & she said.
She added that & # 39; throwing babies & # 39; s in this way should be prohibited & # 39 ;.
Other coaches claimed that her training should be banned because it causes trauma to children
Kostromina called the technique & # 39; terrifying & # 39; and said: & # 39; Many coaches watching Elena & # 39; s video & # 39; s are worried about the health of these children. & # 39;
Pediatrician and neonatologist Elena Ignatieva warned: & # 39; Such actions with a child should not be allowed.
& # 39; They can lead to health problems and psychological limitations to the child's development.
& # 39; All salto's under water, forward or backward, even sideways, are physiologically unfounded.
& # 39; This is the risk of underwater breathing and hypoxic brain haemorrhage.
Ms. Rodionova said that parents are not & # 39; professional & # 39; need advice to give birth or to raise children
& # 39; Children may develop kinetosis (motion sickness) in the future.
& # 39; And this is only a small part of what such rough lessons can deliver.
& # 39; The purpose of such manipulations is incomprehensible to me.
& # 39; They do not develop or stimulate anything. & # 39;
Mrs. Ignatieva called on the authorities to ban Rodionova & # 39; s training.
In addition to teaching children, she has also trained other coaches to work in Germany, Spain and Russia
The coach has trained other teachers to work in Germany and Spain, reports say.
She has also trained at least 50 coaches in Russia to work in 17 swimming centers.
Mrs Rodionova usually avoids commenting on her teaching methods.
She told her supporters: & # 39; We, and especially parents, don't have & # 39; Professional & # 39; advice needed to give birth and raise children. & # 39;
& # 39; We, along with our children's parents, will decide for ourselves how to do it. & # 39;
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