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Swimming is conventionally regarded as one of the safest activities to participate in due to the low incidence of injuries associated with the sport. However, extensive training and dryland exercises undertaken by elite competative swimmers can lead to some noted ailments. Learn more about swimming injuries and prevention.

Common Swimming Injuries

There is a primary area of the knee that can be overworked in swimming: the MCL. Specifically, breastrokers are most likely to sustain injuries to this area of the knee. Some of the other most common swimming-related injuries associated with the knee are:

For a complete list of knee-related injuries, diagnostics, and therapies, visit our Education Center.

Due to the low-impact, low-risk nature of swimming, many turn to the pool when they are rehabilitating an injury. In the water the body is virtually weightless. Water supports the athlete's whole body weight, allowing for a wider range of motion in the pool when compared to range of motion on land. Ultimately, the nature of the sport allows for a relaxed recovery with no risk of re-injury from compressive or impactful forces.

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