Preventing swimming injuries


Swimming is a fantastic form of summer exercise. There are a few injuries you need to be aware of when swimming however. These are mainly around the shoulder because of the increased stress placed on it whilst swimming. There are a few things you can do on a regular basis to help reduce the likelihood of developing a swimming related injury. These include:

  • Stretching the muscles around your shoulder and chest
  • Thoracic spine (mid-back) mobility exercises including lying over the back of a rolled up towel
  • Scapular (shoulder blade) stability exercises
  • Rotator Cuff (deep shoulder muscles) strengthening
  • Stroke correction with a swim coach