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Question for serious swimmers

First, I'm not the kind of swimmer who leisurely swims a few laps for 20 minutes, resting longer than I actually swim.

Lately I've been getting really sore between my shoulder blades on my front crawl- I do 500m of front crawl, then switch to 500m back kick, 500m dolphin kick. Usually after that I'd do 500m crawl with hand paddles, and 500m crawl with paddles and buoy, but tonight, I just couldn't do the last 500m because my back between my shoulder blades was just too sore.

Any swimmers tell me what my problem is and how to fix it?

Tue. Aug 10, 11:49pm

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I used to swim 4 times a week and pushed myself pretty hard, mainly front crawl but a bit of butterfly if i had anything left.

I had this injury for a little while and put it down to a pulled muscle in the end as i couldn't find any info on it, it used to be ok when i started but got progressively worse over my lengths.

Basically i rested for a week and found that in the end it went away.

I am not sure this is what you have, or is even particularly helpful but i hope it helps anyways.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 10:10 AM

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Do you have a tendency to lift your head while doing front crawl? This could be hard on your neck/upper back area. Make sure your head stays in line with your body and that you are only turning it from side to side. I hope that helps.

Thursday, August 12, 2010, 4:56 PM

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Nope, not raising head, just turning to side... I'm one of those people who's neurotic about proper form... pool closed last night, heading back tonight, we'll see what happens...

Thursday, August 12, 2010, 6:25 PM

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