How to avoid swimming injuries

Because you're floating in water, swimming may seem like a relatively safe sport, at least as far as physical injuries are concerned. You might forget that you're still exerting lots of energy and putting your body to the test, meaning that you could pull a muscle or worse. Too much activity, especially without stretching, is almost always risky.

Proper posture can be critical to avoiding swimming-based injuries.Proper posture can be critical to avoiding swimming-based injuries.

Follow some of these tips to try and keep your form and stay active without putting your body in danger.

  • Learn the right moves: Just like in any exercise, the wrong form can throw your muscles out of whack. Swimming strokes often have specific positions that will help you perform your best. Even a freestyle stroke actually has several components for correct posture and pull. Swimmer's World magazine said that learning the proper moves can be an easy alternative to treatment after the injury occurs.
  • Position your entire body: Swimming takes all of your muscles, so you may need to align your head and arms correctly and focus on smooth movements. Build up a strong head and shoulders and look for the perfect way to hold yourself as you're in motion.
  • Take breaks and treat pain seriously: It can be hard to pinpoint pain, and if you've never swam before, you might just assume that some aches are just a sign that you're "breaking in" your muscles. Even if this is true, though, you can accidentally overlook some issues which could lead to something serious later on. If you have persistent pains, you may want to ask a practitioner for an opinion, and in the mean time, take breaks and rest to avoid stress.

For advice and care tips, you can consult your health care provider at Bronston Chiropractic or our Medical Division Community Care Clinic.