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Swimmer's Back

The lower back is the second most common injured site in swimmers.

Swimmers often sustain back injuries due to the repetitive movements of hyperextension (arching of the back), flexion (bending forwards) and rotation.

High intensity training of swimming strokes, especially butterfly and breaststroke, can place excessive loads on the discs and the joints of the spine.

What is Swimmer's Back?

As swimming athletes are positioned horizontally in the water, gravity and buoyancy forces are travelling through the body with the potential to cause changes in the lumbar spine. Due to the undulating motion (lumbar extension) utilised in butterfly and breaststroke, there is potential for developing pain secondary to stress on the joints. Moreover, tightness in the hip flexors or inadequate body roll during swimming may lead to compensation at the lumbar spine.

Swimmer's Back

Signs and Symptoms of Swimmer's Back

Symptoms of Swimmer's Back include:

  • Pain around the lower back
  • Decreased range
  • Stiffness in the spine
  • Feeling of tightness in the spine
  • Difficulty diving off the blocks
  • Difficulty maintaining a streamline position

Causes of Swimmer's Back

Causes of Swimmer’s Back include:

  • Unilateral breathing
  • High head position
  • Excessive kickboard use
  • Poor lumbopelvic control
  • Decreased core strength and stability
  • Tight hamstrings and hip flexors

Statistics and Epidemiology related to Swimmer's Back

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