How to Prevent Swimming Injuries
By Sara Butler
Swimming is one of the best exercises out there. It’s low impact because it doesn’t put a lot of pressure on your joints, but it still manages to be a great aerobic workout. Still, injuries from swimming are common. To stay free from injury when you swim you need to be aware of the stress swimming can place on your body and how your chiropractor can help.
The Most Common Injuries
Even though it’s not considered a high impact sport, swimming still presents risks. The most common injuries from swimming include:
- Back injury
- Hips injury
- Shoulder injury
- Knee injury
The most common injury is a shoulder injury due to the nature of the movements you make when swimming. But, the kind of injury you sustain depends on the type of stroke you use. Breaststroke most often causes injury to the knees because of the way you move your legs to kick. If you like the butterfly stroke, this can cause lower back problems. Still, no matter what stroke you use the biggest strain will always be on your shoulders, which is why it’s important to take steps to prevent injury.
Steps for Prevention
Overuse is going to be the biggest problem you face when swimming since overuse is what will lead most people to an injury. Pay attention to how your body feels and if you notice any weakness or pain occurring when you swim, then you need to either take a break to assess or stop altogether until the pain goes away. You should also make sure your technique is correct when you swim and allow for a decent warm up and cool down.
How Your Chiropractor Can Help
Swimmers of all levels can benefit from regular chiropractic care, but it’s really important to see your chiropractor regularly if you’re a new swimmer. Your body needs time to adjust to the new movements and stresses you’re putting upon it. Your chiropractor can help you to identify any areas of your body that may become a problem and ensure you are free from any joint dysfunction or restriction. This can help you from developing injuries in the future too. Plus, chiropractic care can help your body to perform at its best, increasing your performance.
Swimming is a wonderful way to stay healthy, but make sure you talk to your chiropractor about it before you begin this new exercise regimen!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.