Sports Medicine Care
Wisconsin Bone & Joint Sports Medicine care experts offer comprehensive
services to individuals with a wide range of sports-related pain issues.
Swimming Injuries & Prevention
Sports Medicine Specialists At Wisconsin Bone & Joint
The physicians at Wisconsin Bone & Joint utilize cutting-edge technology to assess, diagnose and work with patients to develop innovative treatment plans for a variety of sports-related injuries. Our team of physicians are committed to providing you with the best treatment options to alleviate your sports-injury pain.
Providing trusted Orthopedic care in the community for over 40+ years
At Wisconsin Bone and Joint, we pride ourselves with providing you highly personalized and comprehensive orthopedic care. Our philosophy of direct physician-to-patient care means your physician will be an intrical part of every stage of your care. This commitment to a dedicated continuum-of-care model has made us one of the most trusted and respected practices in Southeast Wisconsin and greater Milwaukee area.
Swimming Injuries & Prevention
What Are Swimming Injuries & Prevention?
- Learn how to swim and do not swim alone.
- Swim in supervised areas where lifeguards are present.
- Inexperienced swimmers should wear lifejackets in the water.
- Do not attempt to swim if you are too tired, too cold, or overheated.
- When swimming in open water, never run and enter waves headfirst. Make sure the water is free of undercurrents and other hazards.
- Do not swim in a lake or river after a storm if the water seems to be rising or if there is flooding because currents may become strong.
- The clarity and depth of the water may have changed, and new hazards may be present.
- Check weather reports before going swimming to avoid being in the water during storms, fog, or high winds. Because water conducts electricity, being in the water during an electrical storm is dangerous.
- Remember that alcohol and water don’t mix. Alcohol affects not only judgment, but it slows movement and impairs vision. It can reduce swimming skills and make it harder to stay warm.
- Be knowledgeable about first aid and be able to administer it for minor injuries, such as facial cuts, bruises, or minor tendonitis, strains, or sprains.
- Prevent “swimmer’s ear” by drying the ear canal with a cotton tip after swimming.
- Be prepared for emergency situations and have a plan to reach medical personnel to treat injuries such as concussions, dislocations, bruises, wrist or finger sprains, and fractures.
- Do not dive in shallow water.
- Avoid diving into murky water. You should be able to see the bottom of a pool at the deepest point.
- Check the shape of the full diving area to make sure it is deep enough.
- Dive only off the end of a diving board. Do not run on the board, try to dive far out, or bounce more than once. Swim away from the board immediately after the dive, to allow room for the next diver.
- Make sure there is only one person on the board at a time.
Swimming for Fitness
- Always take time to warm up and stretch. Research studies have shown that cold muscles are more prone to injury. Warm up with jumping jacks, stationary cycling or running or walking in place for 3 to 5 minutes. Then slowly and gently stretch, holding each stretch for 30 seconds.
- The most common swimming injury is shoulder pain due to repetitive motion. The best way to prevent this is with a general exercise program to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder and upper back.
- Do not swim vigorously if you have a fever, upper respiratory infection, or ear infection.
Tips for a Private Pool
- Educate guests about the pool, such as depth markings, lighting, diving board location, surface, and time for use.
- Set enforceable hours for pool use and secure it with fencing to keep people out during inappropriate hours.
- Do not allow guests to swim alone or to consume alcohol or drugs while swimming.
- When the pool is in use, always have someone present who is trained in water safety and life-saving techniques.
Our team is here for you
When conservative care and treatment is appropriate, we offer the best, least invasive, least aggressive treatment options to relieve your pain and discomfort. When an injury is more serious and conservative care is not an option, our orthopedic surgeons provide the latest in innovative surgical interventions available with the goal of getting you back to the life you love. Wisconsin Bone & Joint physicians offer orthopedic services at three convenient locations in Mayfair, Glendale and Cedarburg.