Training for a triathlon – swimming

Training for a triathlon? Swimming injuries are rare. They are more likely to occur in the upper extremity of the body (neck or shoulder in particular) than the lower extremity.

Some common training errors and faulty biomechanics are…

  • Over-rotating the trunk when pulling through with the arm under water
  • Reaching too far forwards when swimming freestyle (front crawl)
  • Rotator cuff weakness
  • Scapula dyskinesia (shoulder blade muscles not functioning correctly)
  • Unilateral breathing

Most of the risk factors can be avoided by correction of biomechanics and technique. At Vitality Physiotherapy, we can help you optimise your technique, and equip you with the skills to achieve your best.

(picture credit: julianne villaflor)