Photo by: Marcus Ng

Photo by: Marcus Ng


Swimming is an immensely popular sport enjoyed by people of all ages. Whether it’s for recreation or competition, swimming provides numerous physical and mental health benefits. However, like any physical activity, swimming carries the risk of certain injuries. In this article, we will explore the top 14 swimming-related injuries that swimmers often encounter and discuss the role of chiropractic sports medicine specialists in effectively treating these injuries.

  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: Overuse and repetitive overhead motion can cause inflammation and impingement of the shoulder tendons.
  • Swimmer’s Shoulder: Characterized by rotator cuff inflammation or tear due to excessive stress on the shoulder joint.
  • Lower Back Pain: Frequent hyperextension of the back during swimming can lead to muscle strain and lower back pain.
  • Neck Strain: Poor technique and excessive head tilting during spotting or breathing can strain the muscles and ligaments in the neck and irritate facet joints.
  • Knee Pain: Breaststroke kick and flip turns can contribute to knee injuries such as patellofemoral pain syndrome or meniscus tears.
  • Achilles Tendinitis: Continuous ankle flexion during swimming can lead to inflammation and pain in the Achilles tendon.
  • Shin Splints: Repetitive stress on the shins from the kicking motion can cause pain and inflammation in the lower leg.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: Pushing off from the wall and excessive kicking can lead to inflammation and pain in the plantar fascia of the foot.
  • Wrist Tendonitis: Frequent wrist flexion during the stroke can result in inflammation and tendonitis in the wrist.
  • Swimmer’s Knee: The breaststroke kick can place strain on the knee joint, leading to conditions like patellar tendinitis or chondromalacia patellae.
  • IT Band Syndrome: Overuse and poor hip alignment can cause inflammation and pain in the iliotibial band, running along the outer side of the thigh.
  • Groin Strain: Forceful leg movements, particularly during flip turns, can strain the groin muscles.
  • Jammed Fingers: Accidental contact with pool walls or swimmers can cause finger joints to become jammed or dislocated.
  • Contusions: (common to triathlon swim starts) swimmers often experience contact and collisions with other participants, which can lead to contusions or bruises. The close proximity and competitive nature of the swim start as triathletes compete for position can result in accidental impacts, particularly in crowded swim conditions. This can occur in other open water swimming competitions as well.

Chiropractic Sports Medicine Specialists: Your Path to Recovery

Chiropractic sports medicine specialists, specifically those with the DACBSP® (Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians) certification, are highly trained and experienced in examining and evaluating sports-related injuries. They possess the expertise to develop comprehensive treatment programs tailored to the specific needs of swimmers.

These specialists utilize a multidimensional approach that incorporates various techniques and modalities to address swimming injuries.

  • Chiropractic spine and extremity adjustments help restore proper alignment, optimize joint function, and promote overall musculoskeletal health.
  • Manual and instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilizations, such as Pin & Stretch, A.R.T. (Active Release Technique), Graston Technique, and IASTM (Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization), are employed to target areas of muscle tension, scar tissue, and adhesions. These techniques facilitate tissue healing, reduce pain, and improve range of motion.
  • Exercise & Rehabilitation, including therapeutic exercises, stretching, and strengthening routines, are utilized to rehabilitate injured muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These exercises are tailored to the specific needs of swimmers and focus on improving flexibility, stability, and muscular balance
  • Physiotherapy Modalities, including Laser therapy, Ultrasound, Shockwave, Muscle Stimulation, Ice, Heat, and others; tailored along with all of the above, to create a program specific to the needs of swimmers and focus on reducing pain, inflammation, and spasm/muscle contracture

Whether you’re a competitive swimmer or simply enjoy swimming for fitness and recreation, chiropractic sports medicine specialists can help you recover from injuries and get you back in the water. Their expertise in sports injury evaluation and treatment enables them to create individualized programs that address the root cause of your injury and facilitate a safe and effective return to swimming.


Swimming injuries are a common occurrence among swimmers of all levels. However, with the help of chiropractic sports medicine specialists, you can receive the specialized care needed to overcome these injuries and get back into the pool swimming again. Their extensive training in sports medicine, combined with their holistic treatment approach, make them an ideal choice for swimmers seeking optimal recovery and long-term performance enhancement. Don’t let injuries keep you away from the sport you love. Seek the expertise of a chiropractic sports medicine specialist and dive back into the water with confidence.

The Road to Recovery:

If you’re here in Miami or Miami Beach, the Road To Recovery from running injuries starts by calling Dr. Narson.  Dr. Narson (click for bio) is a chiropractic sports medicine specialist (DACBSP®) that will evaluate your injuries, design a program specific to your injuries and help get you back on the road to running again.


How to find a chiropractic sports medicine specialist if you’re not here in Miami Beach / Miami?  Go to enter your location and you can find a DACBSP® or CCSP® near you that can help you with your sports injury!

Todd M. Narson, DC, DACBSP®, ICSC

Chiropractic Sports Medicine Specialist

Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center

975 Arthur Godfrey Road #102

Miami Beach, FL 33140

Phone:  305.672.2225

Click here to request an appointment with Dr. Narson


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