Common Swimming Injuries

Swimming is a sport that is dominated by the upper extremity and core. The largest source of swimmers being removed from the water are injuries to the shoulder.

The nature of the sport dictates that swimmers have very strong shoulder internal rotators to enable them to propel themselves through the water. As a result of this, swimmers typically neglect exercises to the shoulder blade area (exercises pulling toward the body).

Swimmers must also maintain strong core musculature to help decrease drag from the legs dropping to far under the surface of the water. If the core is weak and the legs drag under the water, then the shoulders have to bear the brunt of the work to propel the body through the waters resistance.


  • Multi-Directional Instability (MDI)
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis, Shoulder Bursitis, Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome (Swimmer’s Shoulder)