How can ART Improve My Swimming?
Swimmers preparing for the start of the swim
at the Penticton 2003 Ironman Races.
Repetitive Motion and Shoulder
The soft tissue stresses caused by the repetitive
motions of freestyle swimming are often compounded in the triathletes
by the constant stress of holding the torso in fixed position upon
the bicycle's aero-bars.
Pain between the shoulder blades is caused by the
constant neck extension and the back position required to support
the weight of the cyclist's torso while bent over in the aero-bar
position. This pain is often an indication of several problems in
the body's kinetic chain rather than the usually diagnosis of tight
Rhomboid muscles or a Rotator Cuff Tear.
Repetitive motion, constant tension, and pressure
often result in inflammation and swelling of soft tissue. The body
responds to this inflammation by laying down scar tissue (cross
fibers across the tissue) in an attempt to stabilize the affected
area. This scar tissue:
Inhibits nerve function.
Causes ongoing friction and pressure. Results
in the production of yet more cross fibers and adhesions across
inflamed soft tissues.
In this page:
Training Techniques and Shoulder
Poor swim technique, over-training, unilateral breathing,
too large a swim paddle, or improper elbow to shoulder angle on the bike
can easily cause shoulder problems. Each of these physical factors can
result in the creation of biomechanical restrictions within the shoulder
Even though these training factors can be modified, the
biomechanical restrictions that have been created in the triathelete's
body are seldom addressed or resolved by exercise and massage. These stresses
lead to future injuries and inhibits the triathlete and swimmer from reaching
his or her full performance potential.
by Shoulder Injuries
Equally important, different athletes may present with identical
pain patterns, but each athlete may have completely different structures
that are impaired or injured.
Before treatment takes place, an extremely specific examination
and diagnosis must be performed. It is important to look past the initial
point of pain to identify other structures that are involved in the kinetic
For example, triatheletes using aero-bars commonly have
restrictions at the Serratus Posterior Superior and at a very deep muscle
called the Transversospinalis. Both these muscles affect the swimmer!
See the following topics for more information about ART:
Where can I find more information
We have recently published the first book about Active Release
Techniques, written specifically for the general public.
Release Your Pain - Resolving Repetitive
Strain Injuries with Active Release Technique
is an informative, easy-to-read book, that helps you to understand
the true cause of repetitive strain injuries.
Did you know that many common therapies
(such as medication, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, massage,
electrical muscle stimulation, rest, exercise, and surgery) have
all failed to effectively resolve repetitive strain injuries. RSI
sufferers are rarely able to find effective or complete treatment
with these traditional treatments! Read
now to understand why these treatments often fail
to solve your problem.
Understand the true cause of your pain, learn
how it can be resolved, then use the specially designed exercises included
in this book to prevent its reoccurrence.
Read our new book,
, to see how Active Release Techniques can help you with
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brochure for Swimming!
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For information about...
The cause of swimmers shoulder, and
how ART can quickly resolve long-standing problems, and increase swimming
Your Athletic Performance with Active Release Technique
How ART was used to at the Ironman
Triathlon Championships in Penticton and Kona, Hawaii to help resolve
athletic injuries, improve performance, and assist athletes in completing
these tremendously difficult events.
Click the link above to go to the Triathlon page at www.drableson.com
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