Swimmers shoulder: The complete guide

What is swimmer’s shoulder?

The short answer is swimmer’s shoulder refers to non-specific pain in the shoulder, because of swimming.

Swimmer’s shoulder can affect several different structures in the shoulder so the symptoms are not the same for everyone. For example, you may experience pain in the back of the shoulder after a period of time in the water, or perhaps more of a pinch in the top, at a specific moment in your stroke.

Depending on the underlying cause of your swimmer’s shoulder, treatment will vary. You can often continue swimming if you catch it early and make the appropriate modifications to your training volume and/or technique.

In the most severe cases, if left untreated, swimmer’s shoulder can result in tendon degeneration and rotator cuff tears.

Let’s learn about the relevant anatomy and mechanics of the shoulder while swimming, what causes swimmer’s shoulder, what the symptoms are, how to treat it, and how to minimize your risk of developing it.

Ocean swimming keeps the black dog at bay for Hanby

Criminal lawyer Justin Hanby was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013 and he now swims daily as a way to take control of his mental health.

He’s a passionate advocate for the Black Dog Institute – raising money for them through his swimming – and is currently on top of his age bracket on the Swimming NSW Summer Swim Leader Board.

His result in the Cole Classic will be crucial in order for him to secure a series win.

Let’s find out more about Justin, and get some tips for your next ocean swim, from someone who does lots of them!

Seal your ears for pain-free open water swimming

Have you ever experienced swimmers ear – that pain you get in your ears after swimming?

It could’ve been from swimming so much, or the water being freezing cold, maybe the water was dodgy, or maybe your ears are just a little bit precious, whatever it was, it wasn’t nice and you definitely don’t want it to happen again, right?

Well, you’ll be happy to know there’s now a preventative treatment that isn’t having to wear earplugs!

Why you shouldn’t swim after it’s rained

Ever hear the warning ‘don’t swim after it’s rained’?

That’s because the rain runs off our paved streets directly to the ocean via the network of stormwater drains, canals and rivers every city has, carrying with it all the nasties accumulated along the way. Then there’s the periods of heavy rain… when water management authorities may decide to ‘bypass’ the sewerage system and release effluent directly into waterways!

The major problem is permeability.