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 …

Kinesiotape and Swimming Performance

Kinesiotape and Swimming Performance

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Below is an interview with Dr. Jillian Drouin, DC, BSc, CSCS regarding kinesiotape and swimming performance. The interview is based off her recent literature synthesis on kinesiotape. 1. What are the possible mechanisms by which Kinesiotape improves performance? According to its creator, Dr. Kenso Kaze, kinesiotape is hypothesized to increase proprioception through constant cutaneous stimulation, to normalize muscle tension, to improve blood …

Scapular Muscles in Swimming

Scapular Muscles in Swimming

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Below is an interview on Scapular Muscles with Dr. Leanda McKenna. Leanda is one of the leading experts on shoulder pain. You can follow her on Twitter here and her Research Gate page here. 1. What are your favorite tests for ruling out subacromial and internal impingement? Because “impingement” is a bit of a “catch-all” term for any subacromial pain, it …

Inflammation in Swimmers

Inflammation in Swimmers

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Below is an interview on inflammation with Dr. Rafael Casuso. You can view his Research Gate page here. 1. How can you measure inflammation response? Cells produce small proteins called cytokines, some of them such as interleukins and tumor necrosis factors have inflammatory or anti-inflammatory effects. We are able to detect a particular cytokine by applying biochemical technics like enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay …

Is SMR (Foam Rolling) Beneficial For Rehabilitation In Swimmers?

Is SMR (Foam Rolling) Beneficial For Rehabilitation In Swimmers?

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Background Self-Myofascial Release (Foam Rolling) Fascia restrictions often occur in response to an injury, causing fascial tissue to lose elasticity and become dehydrated. This can cause fibrous adhesions and tightness, potentially leading to pain and decrease in soft-tissue extensibility. Self-myofascial release (SMR) techniques (foam rolling and tennis balls) are common in every gym or swim setting. These tools are believed …