“Swimmers shoulder” much more widespread among boys than thought

The so-called “swimmer’s shoulder,” a painful condition often present in swimmers, even more in professional or competitive ones, was the subject of a new study presented at the conference of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

The researchers analyzed 150 competitive young high school or youth club swimmers aged between 13 and 18 and discovered that there were many (76.7%) children suffering from shoulder pain, a condition that seems to be connected to the fact that they swam every day to train.

The swimmer’s shoulder is a condition that can be caused by excessive distances practiced by swimming every day and this can also be connected to a culture that is not exactly positive due to competitive swimming, which in part “sublimates” pain, as specified in the press release presents the research. Very often, especially the younger ones, they think that this pain is something that must be “tolerated” for having success in the activity.

“We found that almost half of the athletes in our study know peers who use drugs to deal with swimming-related injuries, so we worry about exposure to drugs especially in the context of the opioid epidemic,” says Eli Cahan, one of the authors of the study.

The same study shows a fairly clear connection from the distance traveled in swimming and the levels of pain. Those who did not report shoulder pain, in fact, reported covering shorter average distances than those reporting pain.