Swimmer maleA recent study sheds light on men’s and women’s swimming and diving injuries. The majority are classified as overuse injuries: men’s swimming 44.4%, men’s diving 24.0%, women’s swimming 63.7%, and women’s diving 21.6%.

Most injuries occurred to the shoulder in men’s swimming at 34.7%, men’s diving 32.0%, and women’s swimming 31.3%. The most common injury diagnosis was strains in men’s swimming at 21.8%, men’s diving 20.0%, women’s swimming 17.0%, and women’s diving 16.2%.

Contact with water also accounted for large proportions of injuries in men’s and women’s diving, 32.0% and 16.2%, respectively.

Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine, Published online 29 January 2015