How do you treat swimming injuries?
Each swimming injury is unique and each swimmer has different reasons why they sustained the injury. In general, for swimmers, there are several key aspects that need to be addressed when assessing and treating an injury. These include:
• Joint mobility: Inadequate range of motion is a common reason for injury in swimmers. Movements such as shoulder internal rotation and thoracic extension allow the shoulder to be placed in the correct position during the catch phase of swimming. Inadequate range in these or other movements can place excessive strain on the muscles and/or tendons of the shoulder leading to injury.
• Muscle strength: During the swim stroke, the upper body and trunk muscles need strength to control the arm’s position in the water while adequately controlling the stability of key joints like the shoulder. Deficits in strength of key muscle groups such as the rotator cuff, can lead to excessive strain on tissues such as the tendons that cross over these joints.
• Biomechanics and technique: Assessing the swimmer’s biomechanics is important to understand if there are any factors that are placing excessive stress on the injured body part. This can be done with simulated tests within the clinic to check for any abnormality in the way the body is moving to control the shoulder and propel the body forwards.
• Training programming error: Increasing swimming distance or intensity too soon can lead to injury, as the body does not have enough time to develop and adapt to the increase in stress. Careful planning of your training is important to allow your body to recover from an injury while still maintaining swimming speed and fitness.
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