Dec 9, 2013 Post By: Children's Health

A Parent's Guide to Swimming Safety
The increase in year-round training is leading to an increase in injuries among swimmers. Learn how to recognize the danger signs and promote safety.

Like many sports, swimming has become a year-round sport. The increase in training sessions, weight lifting and cross training is leading to an increase in injuries among swimmers.

Following are the most common swimming injuries and health risks requiring treatment. Click on the links to learn how to recognize the danger signs and promote safety.

Shoulder Injuries

Swimming can lead to overuse injuries in the arms, elbows and shoulders.

 

Knee Injuries

Breaststroke swimmers are especially prone to Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) sprains.

 

Back Pain

Swimming puts a lot of demand on a young athlete's back through repetitive hyperextension and sudden changes of direction.

 

Bumps, Bruises, Twists & Muscle Strains

Check out the PRICE formula for treating bumps, bruises, twists & muscle strains.

 

The Kohl's Sports Health and Wellness Outreach Program encourages parents and coaches to print the downloadable swimming safety sheets and share them with family and friends.