Taking Care of the Special Needs of Swimmers
With increasing numbers of swimmers engaging in year-round training, we've learned a very fundamental lesson -- swimmers never sustain
injuries at a convenient time! There's always an important meet or camp, or training is in a build-up stage - something...
predictable, from lessons learned by many practioners over the years, that when swimmers stop swimming their problems usually disappear
-- that is at least until they get back in the water -- Then it's right back where they started!!
We take a more active approach
to in-season management of swimmer's pain. The injury history tells us when it happens; musculoskeletal and biomechanical assessment (with
input from the coach, if needed) tell us why it happens; and pain level* dictates what we're going to do about it.
it's not possible to generalize the causative factors for all injuries, but most swimmers can tell us what they can do without pain.
That becomes our starting point. With gradual progression of exercise and swim training in a structured fashion, most swimmers can
rehabilitate using swimming as one of their main treatment tools.
Functional Treatment and Rehabilitation -- ASAP!
It takes a lot of hard work, mixed with more than a little common sense, to undo the harm that can be caused by training errors...
Our team of Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, and Exercise Physiologists can perform a thorough assessment and develop an effective
treatment plan. For many of our athletes who travel a long way for these services, that's often a self-directed exercise and training
program which is regularly monitored and updated by the Sports Medicine Team.
Regardless of the process of determing what's wrong,
it comes down to the intensity with which our athletes perform their remedial exercises and training progression. You should be prepared
to work as hard on your recovery as you do on your training. Any program from any therapist will fail if it is never performed, and
conversely, pushing too hard can be just as bad - listen closely to the guidelines for progression we will discuss - there is method
The bottom line for us -- ASAP not only means As Soon As Possible, but As Safely As Possible!!