Summer’s shoulder ills
The increasing popularity of swimming and surfing has led to a rise in overuse injuries, particularly involving the shoulder.
One of these is Swimmer’s Shoulder. This condition is easily preventable and treatable; however, if neglected, it can result in significant pathology, which may require surgical intervention.
Swimmer’s or Surfer’s Shoulder is a common condition affecting both competitive and recreational swimmers and surfers.
It is an overuse injury which results in the patient presenting with impingement or rotator cuff-type symptoms during or after performing the aggravating activity.
The primary pathology is muscular imbalance. The freestyle and surfer strokes result in overdevelopment of both the shoulders’ internal rotators (subscapularis) compared to external rotators (infraspinatus) as well as the anterior chest wall musculature