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Swimmers Shoulder

Published: November 10, 2023

With summer finally here and swimming becoming more popular, especially in the lead up to open water swims such as the Rottnest Channel Swim and Port to Pub, it is important to be mindful of shoulder pain.

What is swimmer’s shoulder?

Swimmer’s shoulder is a term used to describe a wide range of injuries that causes shoulder pain in swimmers. The pain in the shoulder normally comes on gradually due to the repetitive movement and load on the shoulder.

What are the signs and symptoms of swimmer’s shoulder?
  • Pain or a catching feeling in the front of the shoulder
  • Pain or tightness at the back of the shoulder or in between the shoulder blades
What causes swimmer’s shoulder?
  • Overtraining
  • Overuse or fatigue
  • Poor stroke technique
  • Weakness or tightness of the shoulder muscles
How do we manage swimmer’s shoulder?

Improve shoulder mobility and strength using:

Corrections of stroke technique with the help of a swimming coach.  

Gradual load management program that incorporates a gradual increase in swimming and rest days as well as using different strokes to reduce the repetitive load on the shoulders.

How to prevent swimmer’s shoulder?
  • Strength and stretching exercise program for shoulders and surrounding areas
  • Advice from a professional on swimming technique to correct your stroke
  • Swimming warm up and cool down


If you feel like you are experiencing any of these symptoms or you would like to learn more about swimmer’s shoulder Back In Motion Como would love to help!


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