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RFBG
August 17th, 2008, 01:40 PM
After ages I started swimming again last year alternating free and back. After a couple of weeks my right shoulder started to bother me while pulling in backstroke. I had started also with some machine exercises. I stopped altogether and after some rest followed a prescription of rotator cuff specific exercises. Since then I have avoided backstroke.
However there is an article where Dara Torres says she includes a substantial percentage of backstroke in her routines to prevent swimmer's shoulder.
So I assume it would be a good idea to do the same.
Any opinions ?

Slid
August 18th, 2008, 12:01 PM
After ages I started swimming again last year alternating free and back. After a couple of weeks my right shoulder started to bother me while pulling in backstroke. I had started also with some machine exercises. I stopped altogether and after some rest followed a prescription of rotator cuff specific exercises. Since then I have avoided backstroke.
However there is an article where Dara Torres says she includes a substantial percentage of backstroke in her routines to prevent swimmer's shoulder.
So I assume it would be a good idea to do the same.
Any opinions ?

Doing 25-30% Backstroke seems to work for me. Maybe you try it again, but I would say that if it does not seem to work for you, give it up!:doh:

tomtopo
August 21st, 2008, 09:19 AM
A couple good articles that may help you.


http://www.usaswimming.org/USASWeb/ViewMiscArticle.aspx?TabId=445&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en&mid=702&ItemID=700

http://www.usaswimming.org/USASWeb/_Rainbow/Documents/75451fd8-1efb-413b-9951-9972ae0112c0/Shoulder%20Stretch%20Convention%202007%20092307%20 %5BCompatibility%20Mode%5D.pdf

Chris Stevenson
August 21st, 2008, 11:24 AM
After ages I started swimming again last year alternating free and back. After a couple of weeks my right shoulder started to bother me while pulling in backstroke.

How is your rotation in backstroke? And do you overreach? Have a coach look at it. I would think you would want to avoid reaching behind you, that might be a good way to injure your shoulder.