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Swimming is one of the most comprehensive and unique ways to exercise. Due to the complexity of moving through water, swimming can also be very challenging. Did you know that water is 784 times denser than air? That means it resists every small motion your body creates. While many struggle in the water, Olympic swimmers make it look so easy. And though they may be dressed like superheroes, you don’t have to be one to get the most from your swimming. Whether it’s part of your triathlon training, general fitness, or you are just someone who wants to swim better, an injury or lack of knowledge can get in your way. A physical therapist can help remove those barriers on your journey. Are you ready to take the plunge?

What Physical Therapy Can Do for Swimmers:

  • Identify general mobility issues, asymmetries, and impairments that may impact your form.
  • Educate you on specific and general risk factors for injury. 
  • Help you restore and improve stroke mechanics, correct muscle imbalances, and improve swimming economy to prevent or recover from an injury.
  • Provide a personal plan for improvement. 

Common problems in the Pool:

  1. Overuse injury: Despite the low impact of swimming, shoulder, back, and knee problems can arise from repetitive stress with bad form.
  2. Feeling constantly out of breath: This is often not just fitness but issues with timing, not exhaling, and even anxiety.
  3. Moving slower with more effort: For every action there is a reaction. Reducing drag is often more important than increasing propulsion.
  4. There’s too much to think about, where do I start? Let’s find out together. Whether you’re an avid swimmer or just starting, we’ll find how to optimize your exercise path.
Sound Physical Therapy can help you recover from most swimming injuries and learn how to continue to train safely.