Swimmer's Shoulder Follow-up

Updated: Apr 14, 2022
  • Author: Sherwin SW Ho, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Athletes are allowed to return to swimming on a gradual basis once they are completely pain free, have a full range of motion, and have normal strength of the rotator cuff, as compared with the opposite shoulder. Return to swimming should preferably occur under the guidance of a physical therapist or athletic trainer and swim coach.



A structured rotator cuff strengthening program during the off-season and a gradual increase in training at the beginning of the season can help prevent the occurrence of swimmer's shoulder. Avoiding rotator cuff fatigue through proper mechanics and conditioning is the key to preventing injury. Knowing the signs and symptoms of rotator cuff fatigue and tendinitis can help the physician, trainer, and coach determine when a swimmer should rest his or her shoulder.