What is your sport: Swimming

Swimming is defined as the propulsion of the body through water via the use of your limbs. There are many different strokes or types – including the front crawl, backstroke, the breaststroke, and the butterfly. Competitive swimming is frequently raced in distances of 50 metres, 100 metres, 200 metres, 400 metres, and 800 metres. In the Olympics, swimming races are performed for 2 different distances – the 200 metre and the 400 metre. 

Depending on what type of swimming a person performs, various different skills are required to swim at a competitive pace. First and foremost, the person must be comfortable in the water. Further, breathing control is necessary, as well as proper techniques for kicking and arm strokes.  

Main Muscles Used in Swimming

swimming injuries

Common Muscle Injuries from Swimming

The most common swimming injuries include: 

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries: The shoulder and rotator cuff muscles are the most common spot where swimmers experience pain and injury.  
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: Impingement often involves the rotator cuff muscles. Part of these muscles may come under pressure from the shoulder blade. 
  • Biceps Tendonitis: Inflammation of the biceps tendon is also common in swimmers. 
  • Low Back Pain: Back pain may arise from disc issues or from spondylosis. The dolphin kick is known to increase the risk of spondylosis in swimmers.  
  • Neck Pain: Neck pain may also result from stroke movements and neck movements required for the swimmer to breath.  

How Can You Alleviate Your Swimming Injuries?

If pain occurs during training, it’s best to stop the activity immediately. If the pain is not severe and there is not noticeable swelling or deformities, rest for 48 hours. If the pain continues after 48 hours, seek out medical attention. Your healthcare provider will perform a proper evaluation and determine a proper course of treatment for your injury.  

When returning to sport, make sure to include cross training. This can prevent repetitive injuries – which are common in swimming – from happening. Focusing on proper stroke technique can also prevent future recurrence.  

The Athlete’s Choice Massage team can help you get back to your regular training routine. Our committed team of massage therapists, osteopaths, acupuncturists, and more are dedicated to helping each and every patient get the most out of their treatment and recovery. Get back in the water. And book your appointment with Athlete’s Choice Massage today! 

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