If you are a swimmer, and you haven’t experienced a shoulder injury, count yourself very lucky. Shoulder injuries in all aquatic sports are quite common. I don’t profess to know everything there is about shoulders, yet I have learned a lot after four shoulder surgeries over the years and many rounds of PT. Luckily, I had 1) a fantastic surgeon and 2) an even more fantastic physical therapist.
Initially told I would not be able to swim after my first surgery (1992), I not only went on to swim, but to compete and train at a very high level. I protect my shoulders with continuing physical therapy exercises long after my last surgery in 2003.
I firmly believe that many shoulder injuries can be prevented and if not prevented, repaired with good physical therapy exercises. FINA, the world body for aquatic sports agrees. They have distributed an amazing video that cuts to the chase with exercises that can be done with little or no equipment and can be done at home. I found some I hadn’t seen before and they are really good.
Watch this 15-minute video and think about incorporating some of these exercises into your routine. Who knows, you just may stave off future shoulder problems!