| | Advanced Search


Central MA Up + Comer: Vision Advertising CEO Laura Briere—Meet Central MA's rising stars...

FlyORH: Vote for Worcester in JetBlue Contest—Supporting ORH and JetBlue....

Catch the Moscow Festival Ballet With Your WOO Card—Where will you be WOOing this weekend?

Acclaimed Author Leah Hager Cohen to Give Reading at Holy Cross—Will read from new novel 'No Book but…

NEW: Michael Graham Taking Conservative Talk Show to Atlanta—Headed for a warmer climate

NEW: Worcester’s Wormtown Brewery Wins Denver Int’l Beer Award—A major honor bestowed to a local brewery

Paul Giorgio: Elizabeth Warren is Right on Student Loans—MINDSETTER Paul Giorgio examines the student debt crisis

Central MA College Standout: Smith College’s Megan Baker—Spotlight on a bright student...

Organize + Energize: 7 Reasons to Hire a Professional Organizer—With a little help from your friends...

Rob Horowitz: The Civil Rights Act, 50 Years Later—Celebrating a milestone...


How to Avoid Common Swimming Injuries

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Whether you’re looking to beat the heat or shed a few pounds, swimming is a great way to do it. But before channeling your inner Michael Phelps, it’s important to know that serious swimming can cause injuries, particularly to the shoulders. Fortunately those injuries, which usually stem from overuse, are easily avoided.

Dr. Mark Price, a shoulder specialist with the UMass Memorial Musculoskeletal Center of Excellence in Worcester offers the following tips to keep you safe and healthy:
• Avoid swimming when you’re very tired, sick, cold, or overheated
• Warm up slowly before long or intense sessions
• Alternate between strokes
• Use proper swimming techniques (such as kicking from the hip, streamlining your body, staying balanced, and breathing properly)
• Balance your routine with weight training and general exercise

If you do experience shoulder pain it is important to address the problem early to prevent it from developing into something more serious. Rest the shoulder and avoiding swimming or other exercises that increase the pain. If pain persists, consult a doctor.


Related Articles


Enjoy this post? Share it with others.

Write your comment...

You must be logged in to post comments.