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Posted Oct 26, 2010 10:06AM

Now that swim season is getting closer, practices are getting harder and I am doing more breaststroke and working even harder this year on it. Because I am doing more breaststroke, it is killing my knees just like last year around basically this time of the year. My knees are just going to get worse and worse like last year, and every meet my breaststroke time is just going to go up. I went to a "knee doctor" last year to check up on my knees in case nothing was serious and he said nothing is wrong. All he told me was to take tylenol and stretch, which I did the whole year and didn't help. I ice my knees, stretch, and take tylenol everyday and nothing seems to work, anyone know what I can do? My knees are in pain, and I need to stop it now before it gets worse. Thanks!

Posted Oct 26, 2010 11:50AM

Personally, I would stop doing breaststroke if the situation is that you are on painkillers all the time as a result. However, if that is not an option, get somebody to look at your kick and see what might be causing the issue. It could be too wide, or it might be that the whip kick is causing too much stress at the knees but without seeing it in action it is almost impossible to come up with a remedy. One of my masters swimmers was just trying to be too forceful in the speed of his kick and is now concentrating on 'pressing' the water with his heels rather than making an aggressive kick. If someone does look at it they can help you develop a kick to suit your physiology. Sorry not to be more productive

Posted Oct 27, 2010 02:27PM

Great advice GW!!!

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