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Open: Monday to Friday 8.30am – 7.30pm, Saturday 8.30am – 12.30pm

Swimming Physiotherapy

Swimming Physiotherapy

Swimming Physiotherapy

Swimming Physiotherapy

Swimming is a fantastic sport that combines all body strength, flexibility and endurance. The sport itself is often prescribed in rehabilitation programs due to the low impact and all round body strength nature of it. Swimmers are, however, prone to overuse injuries affecting the shoulder, arms, neck, lower back and knees.

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Common swimming injuries

90% of complaints by swimmers are related to shoulder problems. The average swimmer in school performs 1 to 2 million strokes annually with each arm. It is is no wonder that from an orthopaedic perspective, overuse conditions are the main type of swimming injuries.

Incorrect technique can also predispose the swimmer to potential injury. A poor stroke mechanic applied in freestyle or “front crawl” are often the cause of shoulder problems. The arm pull in butterfly and breaststroke can cause stress syndromes in the elbow. The specialised kick in breaststroke can cause injuries in the knee.

Common injuries include:

Prevention of swimming injuries

As with most sports a thorough warm up program should help to reduce injury risk. With swimming it is no different with an added focus on the neck and shoulders due to the high incident rate of injuries in this area.

Taking coaching and advice for correct swimming techniques will also help, as mentioned previously poor mechanics can lead to injury.

Finally a good warm down followed by a decent recovery period following training or competition should also allow the body become stronger an more resilient against injury.

Treatment of swimming injuries

Treatment generally involves manual therapy but as with most concerns the correct diagnosis is fundamental in the best and fastest recovery. Treatments include:

  • How to find us

    We are located just outside the town centre at Ebley Wharf, on the ground floor of the Stroud District Council building. Follow the A419 to the Cainscross roundabout and then take Westward Road (B4008). Turn left to Ebley Wharf.

  • Opening times

    Monday to Friday
    8.30am – 7.30pm

    Saturday
    8.30am – 12.30pm

  • Stroud Clinic

    Ebley Mill
    Ebley Wharf
    Stroud Glos
    GL5 4UB

    Tel: 01453 755948
    Email: mail@physiofive.co.uk

  • Gloucester Clinic

    Riverside Sports & Leisure Club
    St Oswald’s Road
    Gloucester
    GL1 2TF

    Tel: 01453 755948
    Email: mail@physiofive.co.uk