Shoulder Workout for Swimmers

At Swim Now we’ve been producing a daily video to encourage activity and keep motivation strong through a difficult period. In today’s instalment we switch the focus from core strength to shoulder workout for swimmers. Coach Laurence shows us five exercises to build shoulder strength and five more exercises for shoulder stability/rehabilitation.

There’s no specific gym equipment required for our first video workout, only household items, all you need is two tins or bottles, anything weighing around 500 grams is fine. The workout is designed to focus on the different areas of the shoulder muscles to build upper body strength.

Shoulder Stability

Swimmers demand a lot from their shoulders, think about it, all that pounding up and down the pool, it’s no wonder some swimmers get repetitive strain injury or ‘swimmers shoulder’ as it’s often referred. The cause of injury is often a result of either, weakness in the shoulder muscles or poor swimming technique.

Resistance bands or stretch chords can add tension to the muscles during exercise and can help to build the supporting muscles around the joints and prevent injury. Mobility exercises also have a big part to play in promoting shoulder health and can target areas that are underused.

Scapula stability and strong rotator cuffs are essential to keep your shoulders strong, if you do happen to pick up a shoulder injury you can use some of the exercises in our second video to start the rehabilitation process.

How to avoid the dreaded swimmers shoulder injury?

Well, to start with you can do some basic mobility exercises to strengthen the shoulders. Both of our ‘shoulder workout for swimmers’ videos included in this article target areas of the shoulder muscles. By following both workouts with good technique and relatively low resistance, you’ll soon build up shoulder endurance which can reduce the risk of injury and promote shoulder health.