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Swimming elbow pain - Any ideas?

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by Steve Koski, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. Steve Koski

    Steve Koski Got Insurance? Millennium Member

    Jan 31, 1999
    I'm 37 and have been swimming for 4 years. Longer more intense workouts the last few months.

    I'm getting pain on the outside of my arm, starting at my elbow and moving up, maybe 1/2 way to my shoulder. Its getting progressively worse with time. It seems like some sort of tendonitis.



  2. clipflashlite


    Sep 8, 2005
    I don’t know; that’s a tough question. Do you focus on one stroke? I’m bad to get into a freestyle rut and overlook the backstroke (which is about the only two I use).

    I’m probably not the best source on this. The only indoor public pool within driving distance closed last summer for renovation and hasn’t re-opened yet. I haven’t been in the water since September.

    Personally, I’d probably take about two weeks off and then try to mix it up a bit. You may even try using fins and a kickboard for a while to give the arms a rest.

    Anyway, I’m just grasping at straws here, good luck.

  3. toddler


    Oct 1, 2001
    North Carolina

    anything I post is just friendly suggestions, not professional advice. I also would like to know what stroke you have pain with.


    anatomic position is palms forward, so your arms are supinated and the radius and ulna are not crossed. can you describe where the pain is in that position using medial as towards your body, lateral as away from it, and anteriorly and posteriorly.

    also, is it worse when you first wake up, or after you move around for a while?

    before you swim, early in the swim, or after the swim?

    then put your hand on the wall at shoulder height with arm bent and push, does that hurt. does pulling hurt?

    now grab something immobile and try twisting clockwise and counterclockwise. do either of those hurt? (need to know which arm we're talking about.)

    I'll make a guess if you answer some of those questions, or maybe someone else will know too.