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 …

What Effect Does Eccentric Training Have On Shoulder Injuries In Swimmers?

What Effect Does Eccentric Training Have On Shoulder Injuries In Swimmers?

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Background On Eccentric Training  Shoulder injuries are the most common site of injury in swimming. Specifically, shoulder impingement is the most common injury, commonly called swimmer’s shoulder. Eccentric exercises have recently been found beneficial in tendon injuries, especially in the hip and ankle. Tendon degeneration occurs in subacromial impingement and heavy eccentric loading is believed to increase collagen production. Research …

Knee Injuries In Swimmers

Knee Injuries In Swimmers

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Background On Knee Injuries In Swimmers  Knee pain is the second most common site of injury in swimmers. Breaststroke swimmers have the highest injury rate in the knee with patellofemoral (PFP) syndrome as the most common injury. Patellofemoral syndrome is characterized by a muscular imbalance in the hip and knees, leading to increased pain around the knee cap, specifically during …

What Are The Swimming Spinal Effects?

What Are The Swimming Spinal Effects?

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Background On Swimming Spinal Effects  Exercise fatigue is from a plethora of factors. One emerging factor is inspiratory muscle fatigue. Swimming is one of the only sports requiring intermittent hypoxia, increasing the demand for the respiratory system and increasing fatigue to the inspiratory muscles. Many swimmers also choose swimming due to the minimal spinal loading. Unfortunately, all competitive sports result …