Our country is surrounded by water, hence it is no surprise that Australians love to swim! As well as being fun, the water provides an excellent medium for exercise and fitness. It is a great way to stay fit in a low-impact way and all level of fitness can benefit.
Competitive swimming is especially popular in the South Melbourne area, largely due to our Victorian Swimming Centre being located very close by in Albert Park. Some of our Physiotherapists have a particular interest in swimming injuries as retired competitive swimmers themselves. We therefore understand the extreme demands placed upon swimmers with frequency and duration spent in the pool per week, as well as the need to better those PBs! The most common injuries seen in swimmers tends to depend on what stroke the swimmer specialises in. Freestylers and butterflyers tend to experience neck, back and shoulder issues associated with repetitive overload from recovery phase of stroke. Backstrokers are more prone to shoulder and elbow injuries. Breaststrokers tend to present with knee/hip complaints due to the repetitive frog-like position of the legs. Sometimes it is useful for your Physiotherapist to liaise with coaching staff. This may include obtaining a video of the swimmer in the pool. This can give valuable information as to why the swimmer has developed a particular injury.