As described in Swimmer’s Shoulder, Parts 1 and 2, the shoulder is prone to repetitive overuse injuries in swimmers, especially due to internal rotation of the humerus while elevated above the head. This post will offer suggestions for preventative measures and corrective therapy.
As described in Swimmer’s Shoulder, Part 1, the shoulder is prone to repetitive use injuries in swimmers. What follows below is a discussion around a number of potential causes for shoulder discomfort among swimmers.
Swimmers use their shoulders possibly more than any other group of people on earth. A competitive swimmer can average between 8 and 12 thousand yards or meters of swimming per day, for a total of up to 4,000 cycles per shoulder per day. While elite swimmers may take fewer strokes, they are not immune to overuse problems because they tend to have more torque on the shoulder joint per stroke. Injured shoulders require rest and rehabilitation or even surgery.
Developing speed in swimming is obviously number one priority. Doing so by keeping the energy cost low is very difficult looking at it from a physiological standpoint. When looking at how to increase force and power on land, one must first ask, why? Then by, how much?
With the long course season slowly coming to an end with a few big swim meets going on right now, such as the European Championships, Pan Pacific Games, and Youth Olympic Games, swimmers are now needing a break. It’s really important to rest these next few weeks and allow our body (skeletal muscles, central nervous system, joints, and mental rest) to recover from many hours of training and swim meets on top of that. Adaptation is very important during this change and very it is important to be patient to see results from training and swim meets during the short course season.
Summer is here = big taper meets with many National Championships, Pan Pacs, and European Championships are approaching. Make the best of your taper and start sooner on land than in the water. Why? So you can teach your body to swim faster in the pool earlier, before the actual swimming taper. The start of taper on land varies depending on age and stage of advancement as an athlete.
Very underestimated tools for coaches are tests and assessments. Incorporating testing on land in to a program is important for two reasons: 1) to track progress and 2) to see how well an athlete is responding to a specific program. The more difficult part is choosing which tests to do and also learning procedures to the various tests.
Every living human being on this earth has some sort of genetic history. Throughout history in genetics, the Homo sapiens (humans), have formed physical body types. These consist of predominately three, so called, somatotypes: Ectomorph, Mesomorph, and Endomorph:
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