• Dr Kendra Clifford ND

How to prevent swimming injuries this summer

Swimming is often recommended as a rehab exercise because it is low impact, but many swimmers can experience injuries as well. Here are some tips to help you prevent injury this summer.


Freestyle:

  • When breathing keep your head in line with the body to avoid neck pain &/or numbness & tingling of the hands and fingers

  • Rotate your body towards your breathing side to avoid turning the neck too far and therefore overreaching with the arms

  • Breathe equally on both sides to prevent excess strain on one side

Backstroke

  • Weak muscles in the front of the neck tire faster than the stronger muscles

  • Ensure you are rotating the body properly with each stroke to decrease stress on the neck and shoulder muscles


Breaststroke

  • Keep your head in line to avoid stress on the neck muscles and joints

  • Strengthening the hip & thigh muscles will decrease stress and strain on the hip joints



Butterfly

  • Ensuring proper coaching on timing will decrease your risk of injury


This post is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice

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