What are the pros and cons of swimming?

Why is swimming good for me and can I get injured?

I love swimming! It’s been my go-to exercise for three years in Sunshine and also teach swimming lessons,  which means I have a good understanding of the most common injuries caused by swimming and also how to treat them.

Swimming is deeply engrained in our culture, from “our land is girt by sea” in the national anthem to beach days in the summer, swimming is a skill for life. But swimming is also one of the best workouts you can do for your body, as well as being low impact it can work to build strength.

The pros of swimming: 

  • Some of the health benefits of swimming include:
  • Low impact activity, good if you have bad joints or are injured
  • builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • helps maintain a healthy weight, healthy heart and lungs
  • tones muscles and builds strength
  • provides an all-over body workout, as nearly all of your muscles are used during swimming.

Some other general benefits include:

  • Alleviating stress
  • Improving flexibility and mobility
  • Social interactions
  • Relaxing and peaceful form of exercise
  • Improving lung capacity (which is great for asthma sufferers)

The cons of swimming: 

With the high arm turn over rate in swimming Freestyle (front crawl) because it is the most popular stroke, it is very common to get shoulder injuries, usually impingements of the rotator cuff muscles. This can be caused by lack of moblity/flexibity in the swimmer causing the shoulder to over compensate and impinge these smaller muscles when swimming. While swimming my look easy, it is in reality a highly technical stroke and poor form from unexperienced and new swimmers can very quickly cause injury

How can an Osteo help with swimming injuries?

  • An Osteopathic consultation can look at your technique in swimming and assess if you are at risk of developing and injury
  • Give you mobility and warm up stretches to help prevent injuries from coming on
  • Treat the underlying cause of your injury and give you a management plan on how you can fix it going forward

If you swim and have any sort of niggling complaint, get in touch with us or book online.