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CrossFit and Injured Swimmers by Chris Michelmore - CrossFit Journal

CrossFit and Injured Swimmers

By Chris Michelmore

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Programming workouts for injured athletes can be a trying process for a coach. Keeping intensity high while avoiding problem areas proves to be the most difficult element, yet clients and athletes often come out of an injury in better shape than they went in.

Chris Michelmore, assistant head coach of San Jose State’s wome’s swimming team, has had to deal with a number of injuries to his athletes, with most prevalent being those occurring in the shoulders. In this video, Michelmore shares his approach to scaling and reorganizing programming for injured athletes, as well as some of his successes.

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Additional reading: Working Wounded by Greg Glassman, published May 1, 2005.

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2 Comments on “CrossFit and Injured Swimmers”


Kelley Rakow wrote …

We have a college swimmer with shoulder issues as well. She had to stop swimming last season because the pain was too intense and her coach wouldn't work with her. We made sure that she strengthened the connective tissues around the shoulder along with focused TP Therapy and stretching. Her overhead work began light and we've worked up throughout the summer to build up her strength. Now, she can shoulder press, push press, push jerk significantly more load with no pain at all.

To top this off, she's on the Ocean City Beach Patrol and has had to maintain her swimming skills and fitness to keep up with the rescues (They average about 250+ per day). CrossFit has definitely been a huge help to her recovery and overall fitness.

BTW - Steve and I love these swimming videos. We were both competitive swimmers and see great benefits to the incorporation of CrossFit into swimming. Our girls swim competitively now and their CrossFit training helped them a lot as the dryland stuff they get from their team leaves a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, their coaches are very old school and hard to get through to. We'll keep trying, though.


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I have a question for you. I am working with a high school senior swimmer who specializes in 100 back and 200 medley. His coaches have the mentality that 5000 yards/ day coupled with next to 0 strength work is the way to go. My gameplan is to focus on improving hip extension, core stability,endurance and power as well as stabilizing his injured shoulders. I don't want to work him too hard as i am sure he is already over training. Does this sound like a good plan to you? I have very little experience swimming but I do know that that amount of yardage day in and day out provides little room for other training.

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