How to Swim With a Broken Tailbone

How to Swim With a Broken Tailbone
The purpose of any swimming injury program is to maintain strength and stamina while decreasing the odds of further injury. A broken tailbone, or coccyx, primarily affects sitting and horizontal-to-vertical body movement. You can maintain a swimming program while this fracture heals, but you need to emphasize upper body and ab strength instead of lower body and kick strength, while listening to your body's need for rest. Paying close attention to form and increasing cardio work in the pool can help you stay fit during the healing process.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Swimming While Injured

Step 1
Pay close attention to form to provide the added benefits of better posture and a more refined stroke. Advice from backpainadvice.org emphasizes controlling the movements in each swimming stroke to reduce back pain.
Step 2
Roll the head to breathe only as the body rolls to each side when freestyle swimming---keep the head down for the rest of the stroke. Avoid rotating the head up too far.
Step 3
Avoid flip-turning, which can add unnecessary stress to the neck and back muscles.
Step 4
Hold the neck and head rigid during the breast stroke, so the stroke works the muscles of the upper body and lower body with a slight rise to take in air.
Step 5
Include cardio in your pool workout so your recovery has little to no negative impact on your performance. Websites such as youtube.com and watergym.com feature videos of water aerobics. These exercises include slow kicking underwater, arm crosses and punches with little impact to an injured tail bone.

Tips & Warnings

 
Incorporate more rest days into your schedule. Most tail bone fractures require 8 to 12 weeks to fully recover, longer for complete relief of pain. Allow your body one rest day for every two workout days to avoid lengthening your recovery time from overuse.
 
Incorporate more rest days into your schedule. Most tail bone fractures require 8 to 12 weeks to fully recover, longer for complete relief of pain. Allow your body one rest day for every two workout days to avoid lengthening your recovery time from overuse.
 
With any serious injury to the tail bone, you should see a doctor. Maintaining a high level of activity can retard healing and make a serious injury worse.
 
With any serious injury to the tail bone, you should see a doctor. Maintaining a high level of activity can retard healing and make a serious injury worse.

Resources

Article Written By Jean Gochenour

Jean Gochenour is a former English teacher in Northern Virginia, now working as a technical editor. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in teaching.

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