Department of Physical Therapy Student Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

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Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

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Purpose: To identify training programs that have an effect on interfering shoulder pain (ISP) in master's swimmers. Incidence of ISP was also examined.

Subjects: 261 out of 665 master's level swimmers responded. Ten were omitted, yielding a total of 251 responses.

Methodology: A survey containing questions regarding demographic information, training activities and parameters, and incidence of ISP was administered to participants at the 1997 Master's National Long Course Swimming Championships.

Results: Data was analyzed using chi-square, and Pearson-product moment and point biserial correlations. 37% of subjects reported ISP within the past year, 67% reported ISP at some point during their swimming career. Freestyle was the stroke most frequently utilized for workouts, while the percentage of those that swam backstroke, and incurred ISP, was highest for all four strokes. No significant correlation was found between stretching and ISP, however a trend was for those who stretched to report ISP.

Conclusion: Swimmers should be screened prior to development of a training program for joint flexibility, with avoidance of backstroke as the primary training stroke.


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