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Been having a mild problem lately when I've gone swimming. I pulled a muscle, which feels like it's originating on the side near the end of my rib cage...but the pain radiates towards the front. I rarely pull muscles while I'm swim. However, this is the second time in less than a week where this has happened. It hurts while I do breaststroke, but starts to go away while I do backstroke (as if doing backstroke is amending it somehow) and the pain is gone by the time I'm in the middle of doing side crawl. I don't feel it anymore after I'm done swimming, in the hot tub relaxing, and at home.

I thought originally that I over did the technique on butterfly last Friday and the pain just became noticeable while I did freestyle. However, I didn't do butterfly today. I pulled the muscle while doing my fourth and final lap of freestyle. So, now I think I'm overdoing it technical wise on freestyle. I decide to experiment and not do freestyle next time I go swimming. See if the muscle gets pulled again, or doesn't. If it doesn't, I know it was the way I did freestyle...which is weird because I've been doing the way I've been doing since I was a kid.

Anyone had a problem with this before, especially doing freestyle?


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Oct. 26th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
Get someone to watch your technique.
Butterfly and free are very similar interms of the body muscles they use. The fact that it goes away right after you stop is good in that you know your hydrating adequately and that you don't currently have an acute injury right now.

As someone who's swum varsity at the uni level (fly and free interestingly enough) I wouldn't continue to swim long term and ignore the pain. If you can't see a difference a coach, or someone in the sports med field will likely be able to tell you whats wrong and what to do to fix it (usually just building up a differnt muscle group to support the muscles being used) but don't continue without addressing it. I have a really bitchin case of tendonitis now because I did.
Nov. 2nd, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
I'm going to make another update to the community, but I wanted to let you know that whatever had caused me to cramp up didn't resurface when I went swimming yesterday. I still did the four laps of freestyle, but I gave myself a break between them since I did a regime where I did two laps each of butterfly, free, breast, and back...took a brief rest, and then resumed repeating the same regime again. I even did two laps of frontcrawl* without any problems.

I'm begining to wonder though if I over rotated my arm because I noticed why I swam yesterday that my straps on my swim suit kept falling down onto my arm and I over rotated my arm to prevent my boob from popping out underwater (I do have a one piece with thick spaghetti straps, but I've had it for almost two years. I do plan on getting a new one for my birthday next March). So, I think this may be the reason why I given myself a cramp because I overdid the arm movement to prevent my straps from falling off my shoulders.

*I know technically frontcrawl and freestyle are one and the same, but I personally refer to freestyle when I put my head in the water and frontcrawl when I keep my head out of the water.
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