Dec 8, 2013
Post By: Children's Health
A common sudden injury in breaststroke swimmers is a Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) sprain, which occurs when the knee is forced inward during a breaststroke kick.
The breaststroke kick carries a whip-like motion that moves starting at the core down through the legs. Overuse, inadequate warm up, and strength and flexibility imbalance of the hip are a few of the reasons why swimmers get MCL knee sprains.
Athletes with a damaged MCL often experience pain on the inner side of the knee, followed by a lot of swelling within 24 hours.
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