Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2018)
Prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in swimming athletes
Author(s): Shivali Divyanka, Dr. Jyoti Dahiya
Abstract: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries or pain in the body's joints, ligaments, Muscles, Nerves, Tendons, and structures that support limbs, neck and back.MSDs can arise from a sudden exertion (e.g., lifting a heavy object), or they can arise from making the same motions repeatedly repetitive strain, or from repeated exposure to force, vibration, or awkward posture. Aims and objective: To study the prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Swimming Athletes. Methodology: A total of 120 athletes participated in the research, 30 freestyle stroke athletes, 30 breaststroke athletes and 30 backstroke athletes, 30 butterfly athletes. The Nordic Questionnaire was used to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in swimming athletes. Results: The major findings of this study demonstrated that there is highly significant prevalence of shoulder pain constituting 67.33% of athletes in freestyle, butterfly and backstroke. The breaststoke constituted about 28.66% of knee joint disorder. Conclusion: From this study, it is concluded that the prevalence of shoulder joint is significantly higher in athletes performing freestyle stroke and butterfly stroke. Knee pain is relatively seen on a higher side in athletes performing breaststroke.