Benefits and Pitfalls of Swimming for Sport and Fitness

Orange county swimmers have an ally at local tustin chiropractic and sports therapy clinic

Many people think swimming is one of the best exercises. It improves your cardiovascular fitness, physical strength and overall stamina. First of all, cardiovascular fitness plays a key role for most physical injuries. It improves circulation of red blood cells for energy. Second, it pumps more healing cells to repair and remodel the injured areas. Third, it helps to push out inflammation avoiding toxic buildup.

SWIMMING INCREASEs Overall strength

Swimming increases tone and overall strength of the body. The arms and shoulders develop beautiful long muscles. The chest and back get a great workout as the arm pulls through the water. All these muscles develop great strength as a result of this amazing exercise. You can develop great leg strength partaking in a regular swim program. Another positive note is that all the fibers of the core and abdominal muscles get stronger.

Mental strength and stamina to accomplish your goals

Stamina and perseverance go hand in hand. Building physical stamina has a positive influence on mental stamina as well. Many people get excited about new ideas and new projects. However they may find it difficult to follow through. There are many good reasons to develop your stamina.

Swim injuries – the downside to the perfect exercise

Most swimmers recognize that the shoulders can be overused. One shoulder injury is called shoulder impingement. Shoulder impingement causes pain in the front and top of the shoulder. The muscles of the rotator cuff are crushed when the arm is raised overhead.

A bursa is a sac that protects the bones from rubbing against each other. Bursitis is a painful and inflammatory process that needs proper care. The tendons attach the muscles to the bones. Inflammation of the tendons can occur in the shoulder as in the case of shoulder tendinitis.

Injuries of the knee can be serious with the breaststroke kick. This type of swimming technique places the knee under high tension and force. Resulting in injuries to the ligaments and cartilage.

The neck and back can be stressed with improper swimming technique. Stress on the neck can compound even with slight misalignment of the head.

understanding of swimming mecHanics leads to Better treatment of swimming injuries

Understanding the mechanism of the swim injury is key. Personalized treatment protocols can be developed with that knowledge. Patients can benefit from a precise treatment program. Good comprehension of the various swimming strokes leads to better treatments for the swimmer.

Dr. Shouka
The Swimmers’ Doctor

Mo Shouka, DC, QME
13691 Red Hill Ave
Tustin, CA 92780



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