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Research Article

A Study of Musculoskeletal Injuries in Greek Male and Female Swimmers

Michalis Sambanis1*, Ioannis Athanailidis2, Athanasios Sambanis3, Olga Kiritsi4, Konstantinos Tsitas5,6 and Iconomou Charalambos7
1Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
2Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
3Military Medicine School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
4James Paget University Hospitals, Foundation Trust, Great Yarmouth, UK
5General Hospital Kozani, Greece
6S.E.G.A.S. Sports Medicine clinic of Northern Greece, Thessaloniki, Greece
7T.E.I. Serres, Greece
Corresponding Author : Michalis Sambanis
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Department of Physical Education and Sports Science
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Received April 04, 2013; Accepted May 04, 2013; Published May 06, 2013
Citation: Sambanis M, Athanailidis I, Sambanis A, Kiritsi O, Tsitas K, et al. (2013) A Study of Musculoskeletal Injuries in Greek Male and Female Swimmers. J Nov Physiother 3:140. doi:10.4172/2165-7025.1000140
Copyright: © 2013 Sambanis M, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


An epidemiological survey was conducted to collect data relating to the prevalence and frequency of musculoskeletal injuries in male and female Greek swimmers. A questionnaire was administered on site thus ensuring that the response rate was 100 percent. Analysis of results revealed that of the 149 respondents there were 76 male (51%) and 73 female subjects (49%). A total of 48 athletes (32.21%) indicated that they had musculoskeletal injuries, and mainly shoulderproblems (62.41%; N=50 males and N=43 females), followed in descending order by knee injuries and low back pain problems. The prevalence of musculoskeletal injuries ranked highest among freestyle swimmers (N=26) followed by breaststroke (N=11), butterfly (N=7) and finally backstroke (N=4) swimmers. Musculoskeletal injuries are common in Greek under aged elite swimmers and thus care must be taken for their prevention and early safe return to play.