Understanding the Types of Swimming Injuries and how to Prevent those Injuries  

by Pool Builders on 06-06-2011 in Articles

Summertime is here, and more people are out enjoying the warm weather and taking to the beach and pools to keep cool and refreshed, and to have a blast. Swimming is an enjoyable activity that can be had by people of all ages, from little kids to older adults. A majority of people plan their summer vacations at a beach destination, so they can have fun swimming in the cool ocean waters. Swimming also makes for excellent exercise, and is one of the best ways to keep fit or get in shape. Some people even swim for sport, and aquatic events, such as swimming relays and diving have become the most popular events during the Summer Olympics.

With swimming comes responsibility, because if you are not a strong or experienced swimmer, it can be dangerous and subsequently lead to swimming injuries. The most common issue swimmers must deal with is muscle tightness or cramping. These types of injuries can be dangerous to long distance swimmers because if a muscle cramps, and you happen to be in deep water with no one around, you have to worry about treading water to prevent drowning. Another common problem related to frequent swimming is an infection known as "swimmer's ear," meaning water that gets into your ear did not properly drain, and is caught inside the ear canal. This can consequently lead to severe ear infections, and once it happens the first time, it tends to become more common when you swim. Other serious injuries include muscle pulls, especially in the shoulder, neck, back and abdomen regions, and occasionally in the legs. Even more severe than muscle pulls are muscle tears. Tears in the muscle are much more grievous, as they may require surgical procedures to repair.

Preventing injuries will not be difficult if you understand how your body works. If your ears are sensitive to the water, there are ear plugs available for swimmers. Know whether you are a strong swimmer, and do not push yourself too hard while swimming. Stretching before engaging in heavy swimming is crucial, and it should be practiced every time before you step in the water. Learn these stretching techniques, for not only does it warm and loosen up the muscles, but stretching can also strengthen muscles. Most importantly, swim in moderate intervals and give your body needed rest. Allow your body to build to more advanced levels of swimming, and with time your muscles will strengthen to where you can partake in longer and swimming adventures that are more arduous.

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