Your guide to understanding swimmer's shoulder


Swimming is an excellent full-body workout that promotes cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength. However, like any sport, it comes with its own set of challenges, one of which is the notorious “swimmer’s shoulder”. In this blog post, we’ll delve into what swimmer’s shoulder is, its causes, and some preventive measures to keep your shoulders healthy in the ocean or pool.

What is Swimmer’s Shoulder?

Swimmer’s shoulder is a broad term used to describe shoulder pain commonly experienced by swimmers. It is associated with overuse and repetitive motion, as the shoulders are heavily involved in various swimming strokes. The constant overhead movement and the force exerted during each stroke can lead to inflammation, pain, and sometimes, injury.


Symptoms can commonly include:

Is it only swimmers who are affected?

No! As overuse injuries are common in many sports/careers (such as tennis players, construction workers, and electricians), it is important to strengthen muscles around the shoulder joint to prevent similar symptoms from arising.

Physiotherapy interventions for swimmer’s shoulder:


Swimmer’s shoulder is a common ailment among swimmers that can cause discomfort and limitations to performance and daily tasks. With appropriate physiotherapy interventions involving a comprehensive rehabilitation program, this condition can be managed.

If you are experiencing symptoms consistent with Swimmer’s shoulder, book an appointment today or call our clinic on 9901 4000. We will get you back to enjoying the benefits of this wonderful sport while keeping your shoulders healthy and pain-free!

Nerissa D’Mello