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Swimming Injuries

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Swimming is a sport that requires overall body strength, cardiovascular endurance, joint flexibility, and the ability to repeatedly perform the same motion over a long period of time and distance. Hence, the most common types of injuries are repetitive motion related.

Swimming places a large stress on the upper body, especially the shoulders, and the entire core area and requires the use of proper technique to avoid injury over the long run.

Typical injuries include muscle sprains, strains, spasms, and cramps and occur most frequently in the back and legs. In addition, the repetitive motion of the arms and shoulders when swimming produces injuries associated with the shoulder joint.

Below is a list of injuries that occur most commonly when participating in the sport of swimming.

Allergy & Asthma

Allergy and Asthma conditions typically occur in individuals who already have allergies,asthma, and/or cold urticaria.

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot is a fungus growth that can occur on the feet and rapidly spread when the feet are exposed to a moist warm environment.

Backaches and Stress

Backaches may often occur from excess stress originating from the spine, muscles or nerves of the back region. Backaches due to stress may be a precursor to chronic lower back pain, and should therefore be taken seriously.

Back Sprains and Strains

Back Sprains and Strains are extremely common and can in range in severity from a dull pain to a highly acute sharp pain.

Cartilage Injuries and Knee Disorders

Cartilage Injuries are related to damage and/or loss of cartilage that cause debilitating pain, stiffness and swelling of the knee area.

Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness

Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness is believed to be due to inflammation caused by muscle damage, however, it is not fully understood.

Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain is quite common and can be reduced by maintaining a healthy weight and strong back, oblique, and abdominal muscles.

Meniscus Injuries of the Knee

Meniscus Injuries of the Knee are evident by inflammation and pain assocaited with the outside and/or inside of the knee area.

Muscle Cramps

Muscle Cramps typically occur within the muscles of the lower portion of the body and are involuntary muscle contractions and spasms.

Muscle Sprains and Strains

Muscle Sprains and Strains are injuries associated with the ligament that connects bone to bone (Sprain) or connects muscle to bone (Strain).

Muscle Strains of the Back

Muscle Strains of the Back occur when the muscle fibers of the back are overly stretched and/or torn causing acute pain and soreness.

Overtraining Syndrome

Overtraining Syndrome occurs in individuals that do not allow their body the necessary time to recover from an aggressive exercise routine.

Swimmer's Ear

Swimmers Ear (aka Otitis Externa) occurs when bacteria grows in the ear canal causing an infection, redness, swelling, and sensitivity.

Swimmer's Shoulder

Swimmers Shoulder is related to excessive stress on the rotator cuff and can lead to shoulder instability, impingment, and tendonitis.