Swimming Injury Prevention Program

Swimming Injury Prevention Program

Shoulder pain is a common complaint of swimmers, regardless of age or level of play. Proper technique in swimming requires a large amount of motion in the shoulder, which comes at the expense of stability. The soft tissue structures around the shoulder take the brunt of the force if there is a weakness in the body, poor posture, problems with mechanics, or any combination of these. Shoulder injury prevention programs address the common causes of shoulder pain including correcting poor posture and creating a stable base of support in the shoulder girdle and core.

The Swimming Injury Prevention Program is developed specifically for the shoulders of the swimming athlete to create a better balance between the core and the rotator cuff. This balance helps reduce the rate and severity of shoulder injuries due to repetitive overhead movements. The exercises and activities are designed to create a more dynamically sound shoulder and lay the groundwork for sports-specific skill development.

The Shoulder Stability Program is offered 2 days per week for 4 weeks. All participants will receive a Personal Best T-shirt and a Certificate of Completion.


  • Increase shoulder functional range of motion
  • Improve static and dynamic posture
  • Strengthen the rotator cuff and shoulder stabilizing muscles in functional patterns
  • Improve core stability
  • Utilize the core to initiate motion to reduce stress on the shoulder

For additional information about any component of the Personal Best Injury Prevention Programs, please call Nationwide Children's Sports Medicine at (614) 355-6013 or register online.

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000