Just Keep Swimming: Tips About Shoulder Pain to Keep Your Perfect Stroke

Friday August 6, 2021

Just Keep Swimming: Tips About Shoulder Pain to Keep Your Perfect Stroke

Morning laps. Team practices. Perfecting form.  The life of a competitive swimmer is centered around building strength and endurance, and any competitive swimmer knows that the perfect form is the key factor for improving lap times.  The perfect stroke heavily relies on the flexibility and strength of the neck and shoulder muscles.  If not careful, an athlete can suffer shoulder pain and muscle strains dues to poor form or stroke mechanics that can not only severely impair stroke and swimming ability bot also lead to severe pain and shoulder impairment. 

What swimmers should look out for

It is important that every swimmer give high priority to maintaining flexibility and slowly building endurance over time.  Rest, paying mind not to over-exert their bodies during practice laps and team workouts.  Warm-ups are also especially helpful in reducing pain, soreness, and injury.  Common swimming injuries include:

  • Shoulder inflammation or irritation
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis or tears
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Neck and low back pain
  • Bicep tendonitis

What would you do with a shoulder injury?

If you have been researching those first troublesome aches and pain about your shoulder, then you have probably realized by now the sheer number of injuries that befall the shoulder area.  That’s because this large joint is the connecting point for so many crucial daily actions.  Among the most common types of shoulder injuries are biceps tendonitis, rotator cuff tears and sprains, arthritis and shoulder impingement. 

Know the Warning Signs

All of us experience occasional aches and pain from doing too much, which does not necessarily mean a chronic problem is emerging.  However, when those pains don’t go away, or when the uncomfortable feelings have certain characteristics, it’s important not to ignore them, and seek help.

If you keep experiencing shoulder clicking or “popping,” for example, you may have a ligament tear in your shoulder area.  Sharp pain should also be checked out with your physical therapist, as the means the shoulder joint is not moving in good alignment. 

Thera are also more easily ignored symptoms, like a dull pain that runs along the side of your arm, or sudden arm weakness whenever you try to carry something or reach for an object.  These symptoms, you should definitely not ignore. 

If you’re struggling with shoulder pain or looking to improve your shoulder strength, call Sisu Therapies today.