Reliability of Shoulder Blade Timing Tests

Reliability of Shoulder Blade Timing Tests

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Alterations in neuromuscular control are thought to contribute to shoulder impingement. Specifically, this alteration in muscle timing is perpetuated by a muscular imbalance between the muscles which stabilize the shoulder and assist in overhead motion. Recently, rehabilitation focusing on improving the muscular imbalance demonstrates better results than purely strengthening. Unfortunately, the reliability of testing neuromuscular control is limited. The ability …

Back Pain in Adolescent Athletes

Back Pain in Adolescent Athletes

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Background on Back Pain The low back is the most common site of pain in the population. In swimming, the low back is one of the top five sites of injury. This site of injury used to be exclusive to adults, but over recent years the amount of cases has increased in the pediatric and adolescent population. It is likely …

Athletic Training Effects on Spinal Curvature

Athletic Training Effects on Spinal Curvature

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Background on Spinal Curvature The excessive spinal curvature is common in the sport of swimming. This frequency is difficult to interpret as many health care professionals have recommended swimming as a sport for rehabilitation, yet many others have linked swimming as a cause of this excess curvature. Spinal curvature in the adolescent spine typically involves curves in the sagittal plane …

Friday Interview: Do Backpacks Cause Shoulder Pain?

Friday Interview: Do Backpacks Cause Shoulder Pain?

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Below is an interview on swimmers use of backpacks, specifically answering the question: Do backpacks cause shoulder pain? Here is the latest article by Yoram Epstein, Effect of Load Carriage on Upper Limb Performance. Review the latest studies and complete research work sites here. 1. What research exists on the question, do backpacks cause shoulder pain? What is a swimmer risk of using backpacks? The research …

Friday Interview: Dr. Lars Berglund Discusses Weightlifting and Powerlifting

Friday Interview: Dr. Lars Berglund Discusses Weightlifting and Powerlifting

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Below is an interview on the principle differences and movements between weightlifters and powerlifters.  Whats included and demand in each sport.  Here is the latest article to Lars Berglund’s “Injuries Among Weightlifters and Powerlifters: A Systematic Review”  his latest studies and complete research work sites can be found here. 1. First off, what is the difference between weightlifters and powerlifters? The principal differences …

Is There Association Between Shoulder Pain in Swimmers and Their Sleeping Position?

Is There Association Between Shoulder Pain in Swimmers and Their Sleeping Position?

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Background on Shoulder Pain in Swimmers Shoulder pain is the most common injury site for swimmers, due to the high level of overhead motions. In rehabilitation, sleep position is commonly discussed and analyzed, despite much-supporting research. The purpose of this study was to evaluate if there is an association between the side of unilateral shoulder pain in swimmers and the …

How Does Muscle Behavior Affect Neck Pain in Swimmers?

How Does Muscle Behavior Affect Neck Pain in Swimmers?

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Background on Neck Pain Neck pain is the fourth common source of pain in swimmers. Of the various causes of neck pain, mechanical neck pain is believed to be influenced by changes in muscle function. Many muscles in the shoulder attach to the neck and spine, potentially altering movement patterns. The trapezius and levator scapulae are typically viewed to influence …

10 Mandatory Tips for Minimizing Breaststroke Knee Pain

10 Mandatory Tips for Minimizing Breaststroke Knee Pain

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Background on Knee Pain in Swimming Knee pain for during breaststroke is one of the most common occupational hazards in the sport, both for breaststroke specialists and non-specialists, with 3 out of every 4 swimmers reporting breaststroke knee pain. The volume demands tax all swimmers, as even the non-breaststroke specialists will take thousands of breaststroke kick cycles per year. The …