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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.


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