Swimming is a popular non-impact sport with a relatively low risk of injury. Traumatic causes of injury are rare (except from the odd case of a broken toe after walking into a starting block!).
The most common swimming injury, by far, that we see in elite swimmers is an overuse injury of the shoulder (swimmers’ shoulder).
We also see overuse injuries of the knee (known as breaststroker’s knee) but other problems can also occur include pains in the elbow, foot, ankle and the back.
If you swim for pleasure, you may be at risk of neck strain – due to holding the head out of the water in forced extension for a long period. Sometimes this is due to swimming technique and for others it’s to keep the face or hair out of the water.
Young swimmers can also be at risk of injury and regular physiotherapy just to check movement and underlying problems are advisable to enable them to enjoy their sport without the risk of injury stopping them.