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Swimming – Summary of Injury Incidence Rates
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Type of Injury / Swimmer Level
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IncidenceAll InjuryShoulder Injury in Club SwimmersKnee Injury in High School Swimmers
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Overall (Range)2.64 injuries/1000 hours0.3 injuries/
1000 swim km
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Females (Range)
1.6 to 6.1 injuries/1000 hours
2.5 injuries/1000 hours
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Males (Range)
1.5 to 5.0 injuries/1000 hours
1.5 injuries/1000 hours
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References
Chase, K. I., Caine, D. J., Goodwin, B. J., Whitehead, J. R., & Romanick, M. A. (2013). A prospective study of injury affecting competitive collegiate swimmers. Research in Sports Medicine, 21(2), 111-123.

Kerr, Z. Y., Baugh, C. M., Hibberd, E. E., Snook, E. M., Hayden, R., & Dompier, T. P. (2015). Epidemiology of National Collegiate Athletic Association men's and women's swimming and diving injuries from 2009/2010 to 2013/2014. Br J Sports Med, 49(7), 465-471.

Ristolainen, L., Heinonen, A., Turunen, H., Mannström, H., Waller, B., Kettunen, J. A., & Kujala, U. M. (2010). Type of sport is related to injury profile: A study on cross country skiers, swimmers, long‐distance runners and soccer players. A retrospective 12‐month study. Scandinavian journal of medicine & science in sports, 20(3), 384-393.

Swenson, D. M., Collins, C. L., Best, T. M., Flanigan, D. C., Fields, S. K., & Comstock, R. D. (2013). Epidemiology of knee injuries among US high school athletes, 2005/06–2010/11. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 45(3), 462.

Walker, H., Gabbe, B., Wajswelner, H., Blanch, P., & Bennell, K. (2012). Shoulder pain in swimmers: A 12-month prospective cohort study of incidence and risk factors. Physical Therapy in Sport, 13(4), 243-249.

Wolf, B. R., Ebinger, A. E., Lawler, M. P., & Britton, C. L. (2009). Injury patterns in Division I collegiate swimming. The American journal of sports medicine, 37(10), 2037-2042.
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