For all you swimmers, have you ever considered the importance of your shoulders? Our shoulders are a key tool to propelling our bodies through the water. Overuse of certain muscle groups can cause wear and tear over time. Now, factor in incorrect form–often seen in new swimmers–and it’s not surprising so many swimmers experience shoulder pain.
So How Do We Prevent Shoulder Injury in the Water?
Take Your Diet Seriously
Much like how gas quality impacts car performance, the quality of your food impacts your body’s performance in the pool. A good diet can also have the following benefits:
- Increase your energy levels;
- Make you more alert and attentive;
- Rebuild muscle tissue after an intense swimming session.
Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep
Don’t underestimate this point! Sleep is a time of restoration for the body; it allows your body to recover from any physical stress endured throughout the day.
Without proper sleep, not only will you have less energy, but sore muscles and strains from the pool can actually take longer to heal. So, make sure you are getting the proper amount of sleep.
Stretch Prior to Physical Activity
This should always be done before you participate in any rigorous exercise. Stretching increases flexibility and mobility and can reduce the chances of a sprain, pulled muscle or muscle tear.
There is no substitute for this. With any sports issue, you can treat the symptoms or address the problem itself. Even with the tips suggested above, if improper swimming techniques are causing shoulder pain then the problem will continue.
Chances are, if you’re reading this then you’re probably a swimmer yourself—or the parent of a swimmer. Take the necessary precautions so the swimmer in your life doesn’t get sidelined due to injury.
For additional information on shoulder care, check out: How to Avoid Shoulder Pain from Swimming