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Chlorine Chronicle (Archive)

NMSC Sep/96 Newsletter

Shoulder Injuries

(by Ann Bortolotti)

Over the past year I have been collecting information on shoulder injuries. I have learned there is no quick fix to a rotator cuff injury.

It was difficult finding any documentation specifically on preventative and rehabilitative exercises for a swimmer. For example, the American Sports Medicine Institute has an extensive document on this topic, only its for baseball players. They do not have such a document for swimmers. Another document listed over 30 exercises. Who has time to do 30 exercises?

I have learned that some exercises might be fine for one person, yet they could be harmful to another person who has a shoulder injury. There is also mixed information out there, which is confusing and frustrating.

However, I am now on an exercise program specifically designed for me by a physiotherapist. I add in some other exercises too, which I have found through other sources.

It certainly has been a frustrating 18 months, as I'm sure many swimmers can relate to this. However, patience, perserverance, and seeking a professional , does help. I would encourage all of you to attend our "PREVENTION OF SWIMMING INJURIES' guest speaker night, expecially the new swimmers. It should be a very informative evening.

We are hoping to add swimming related articles to our Web site, and start a hard copy library of articles on shoulder injuries. We will do this on trial basis. Once we have received permission to copy the articles, we will put them in a binder and leave it in the box. We would ask that anyone borrowing the binder sign it out and return it to the box within a week. If people have articles they wish to add to the library, please contact Ann Bortolotti at 225-2767.

Have a healthy year of swimming!


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