Swimming is considered a low-impact sport, but that doesn't mean injuries can't occur. Most swimming injuries happen due to overuse or incorrect technique. The Norton Sports Health team of specialists is here to help you practice and condition properly to avoid injuries. Our team includes orthopaedic physicians specializing in sports medicine, professional athletic trainers, and physical therapists.
Should an injury occur, we provide advanced care and design customized programs to meet your specific needs. These programs incorporate strength training, core stability, flexibility and conditioning to help you achieve optimal performance and fitness. Our goal is to prevent swimming injuries as well as get you back in the pool as soon as possible following an injury.
If you experience pain or an injury while swimming and would like to make an appointment with a sports medicine specialist, call (502) 629-1234 and our staff will work to have you seen as soon as possible.
Common swimming injuries
The shoulders and lower body are most affected by swimming injuries or overuse. Whether you're a novice or professional swimmer, you can develop:
- Swimmer's shoulder
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Biceps and triceps tendinitis
- Breaststroker's knee
- Adductor strains (groin pulls)
Treatment for these conditions varies. Minor injuries usually can be treated with rest, ice and physical therapy to strengthen the affected muscles. Your physician may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and tenderness. Severe injuries may require surgery. Norton Sports Health specialists focus on nonsurgical treatment before exploring surgical options.
Preventing swimming injuries
The best way to prevent swimming injuries is to always practice good technique. Staying physically fit with a balanced routine that includes stretching and strengthening all parts of the body — particularly your back, shoulders and arms — will also reduce your risk of developing an injury from swimming. Young athletes particularly need to increase yardage slowly while developing strength. Many shoulder injuries are caused by placing too much strain on bones and joints that are still growing.
If you think you have developed a swimming injury, call Norton Sports Health to consult with a physician or physical therapist. Return to the pool only when your health care professional says it is safe to do so.