Why Swimming Increases Low Back Degeneration

Why Swimming Increases Low Back Degeneration

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Take Home Points on Swimming and Low Back Degeneration Swimmers have greater disc degeneration than low load swimmers.Swimmers have one of the highest degeneration rates among athletes.While competing, swimmers do not have a higher injury rate for LBP compared to low load swimmers, but when pain is present the severity is higher. The newest edition of the Swimming Science Research Review was released on …

7 Ways to Reduce Swimming Low Back Pain

7 Ways to Reduce Swimming Low Back Pain

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The shoulder is the primary site of injury in swimmers, but the low back is the second most commonly injured site. In fact, ~8% of those competing at a 2001 International competition experienced low back pain. Kaneoka (2007) noted thirty-eight (68%) elite swimmers and 11 (29%) controls had degenerated discs at various levels. Disc level L5-S1 was more frequently degenerated …

Is Genetics Less Important in Swimmers than Other Athletes?

Is Genetics Less Important in Swimmers than Other Athletes?

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Genetic contribution to athletic success is clear, but each gene makes a small contribution to overall genetic profile. Identifying genes which contribute to elite success can help predict athletic potential. Recently polymorhpisms to the GH-IGF-I axis are believed to promote excellence in endurance and power sports. C-1245T is a genetic variation in the promoter region of the IGF-I gene, which …

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Regarding your Swimming Training Program

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Regarding your Swimming Training Program

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Overreaching is the close cousin of overtraining We’ve previously discussed in detail the negative effects of overtraining. Also, anyone in sports understands the importance of training hard and pushing oneself, ideally for the super-compensation effect. However, the effect balance of swimming training and rest for maximizing overreaching, while minimizing overtraining is extremely difficult. In swimming, many teams perform macrocycles of approximately 3 months, …

4 Strategies Swimmers Can Learn From Divers

4 Strategies Swimmers Can Learn From Divers

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Take home points1) By observing the diving culture, swimmers can hold themselves to a higher standard with feedback and visualization to improve technical quality in the pool2) Though energy systems are very different, swimmers can learn from the high standard of technical execution in diving3) Despite being an early specialization sport, most divers have a background in gymnastics and dance …

Internal Program Review: Strength Training for an Elite Freshman Swimmer

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If you randomly sample 20 swim coaches and ask them what should be the purpose of dryland training, you’ll likely get 20 answers. If you were to ask me that same question at 20 different points throughout the year, you’d also get 20 answers. Given this, my ability to answer hypotheticals surrounding dryland training for swimmers is a bit limited. …

3 Swimming Race Strategies to Improve Performance

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“SWIM YOUR WAY AND WIN HOWEVER YOU CAN” Some swimmers adopt this approach on their own when you stop paying attention: they prefer to go easy during the race, wait patiently for the right moment and shoot forward on the home straight. These athletes are very sure of themselves, cautious thinkers, audacious and driven. They don’t push too early, compete …

Beta-Alanine and Sodium Bicarbonate do Not Improve Cycling Performance

Beta-Alanine and Sodium Bicarbonate do Not Improve Cycling Performance

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Repeated bouts of high-intensity exercise lead to a pronounced accumulation of hydrogen cations (H+), a by-product of anaerobic metabolism that has been shown to play causative roles in peripheral fatigue. β-alanine (BA) supplementation is effective to increase intracellular carnosine content, a dipeptide whose pKa of 6.83 falls within the mid-point of the pH transit range in skeletal muscle (pH ~ …

Do Schoolbags Cause Low Back Pain?

Do Schoolbags Cause Low Back Pain?

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There is variation regarding recommendations for children and adolescents carrying schoolbags. Guidelines for safe loads are mostly within 10%–15% of body weight (BW) range but include values as low as 5% and as high as 20%. Some biomechanical studies suggest that the schoolbag weight of 10% of BW may be enough to cause changes in kinematics, body posture and muscular strain. Methods of …

Foam Roll Reduces Blood Pressure After Exercise

Foam Roll Reduces Blood Pressure After Exercise

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Hypertension (HTN), characterized by increased blood pressure (BP), is quantitatively the most important risk factor for premature cardiovascular disease (CVD). Self-myofascial release (SMR) is a type of myofascial release technique which incorporates elements of massage to reduce soft tissue pain, inflammation, and delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Methods A total of 15 (M = 8, F = 7) healthy subjects between the …