Swimming Injuries

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PhysioAdvisor Newsletter – Swimming Injuries

Swimming Injuries

With longer daylight hours, warmer weather and summer on its way, more and more people are hitting the pool or sea to swim a few laps or k’s. This month’s newsletter takes a look at the most common swimming injuries, the contributing factors and injury prevention tips.

Most Common Swimming Injuries

Although the most common complaint from swimmers is shoulder pain, a number of other areas of the body are sometimes injured from swimming, such as the neck, lower back and knees (depending on the type of stroke). Swimming injuries are typically ‘overuse’ and can affect either one or both sides of the body.

Some of the Most Common Swimming Injuries include:

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Contributing Factors

A number of factors may contribute to the development of swimming injuries, including:

  • Inadequate upper limb and shoulder flexibility (particularly shoulder flexion, abduction, external or internal rotation)
  • Muscle tightness (particularly the latissimus dorsi, pectorals, rotator cuff, abdominals & hip flexors)
  • Inadequate thoracic spine flexibility (particularly into extension and rotation)

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Injury Prevention Tips

Injury Prevention Tips

  • Ensure your Swimming Technique is correct
  • Ensure Adequate Flexibility
  • Strengthen your Scapula and Core Stability Muscles
  • Train Appropriately
  • Warm Up
  • Ensure Optimal Nutrition & Hydration
  • Cool Down

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