The effect of a typical swim training period on forward head and forward shoulder posture in competitive swimmers Public Deposited

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  • Jones, Reid Elizabeth
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
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  • Forward head, forward shoulder posture is a common postural deviation observed in competitive swimmers. Forward head and forward shoulder posture has been linked to muscular imbalances attributable to the repetitive nature of swimming. Postural changes over the course of a swim training period are unknown. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of a typical swim training period on forward head and forward shoulder posture in competitive swimmers. Repeated measures of forward head and forward shoulder angles were calculated using Image J software (National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD). Significant differences were found between swimming and control groups. Significant differences were found within both groups. A small amount of shoulder pain was found to be related to forward shoulder posture. Strength and conditioning and dryland programs performed throughout the training period may have contributed to significant changes in forward head and forward shoulder posture in collegiate swimmers.
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  • Myers, Joseph B.
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  • Master of Arts
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  • 2013
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