Sports Medicine for Swimmers

Swimming injuries

  • Shoulders: Common injuries include tendonitis of the rotator cuff and shoulder impingement.
  • Knees: Patellofemoral Stress Syndrome (PFSS) is the most common injury, especially in swimmers who specialize in breaststroke.
  • Back: Improper use of core muscles, poor mechanics and bad posture can cause low back pain.
  • Overuse: Overuse injuries occur as a swimmer progresses and swims harder to adjust to longer yardage.

Services and expertise

With the help of Olympic-caliber swimming experts, our program meets the needs of young swimmers trying to shed precious seconds from their time. 

  • Our network of doctors and therapists gives swimmers access to the specialists they need for the variety of issues they can have. We provide the proper care they need when they need it. 
  • We have dry-land stretching programs, group and individualized, that help improve performance in the pool. 
  • Several physical therapists have extensive swimming experience, including collegiate and master-level swimmers and the former lead trainer for metro Atlanta swimmers competing on the 2012 Olympic team. As athletes themselves, they can relate to other swimmers and the difficulties they face. 
  • Our physical therapists will work with coaches to help reinforce recommendations. 
  • Using video technology, our physical therapists can analyze a swimmer’s stroke to get more out of each movement. 
  • We offer injury screenings in which we assess kids’ technique and help coaches develop dry-land programs to include flexibility, strengthening and stretching exercises.