October 2, 2022

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Before jumping in the pool, know how to avoid swimming injuries

Before jumping in the pool, know how to avoid swimming injuries

Taking your outdoor exercise indoors to the pool is a great way to cross train.But before you jump in the water, you should know what to do to avoid injuries.Karen Mailen has been teaching water exercise classes for 30 years.”You burn just as many if not more calories because you’re getting the strength training and you’re getting the cardio. But you have to keep moving,” she said.And she really does keep her class moving at the Lititz recCenter.”It’s a great cardiovascular workout, full body workout,” Dr. Zachary Geidel said.Geidel specializes in sports medicine and sees the benefit of water workouts. But just because it’s low impact doesn’t mean you can’t get injured.”Rotator cuff injures tend to be one of the most common. Neck injuries from the over rotation and even, believe it or not, knee injuries can occur or hip injuries in the pool if you’re not using proper technique,” he said.That’s where a trained instructor like Mailen can make all the difference.”I always tell them to keep their core muscles really strong, to stay up nice and tall, to use their muscles and push through the water. So, keep reminding them to keep that good body posture and position and that helps,” she said.And if you think you can’t sweat in the water? Well, you never took Mailen’s class.”I just think it’s a great place to be. People should be in the water,” she said.Mailen is a big fan of cross-training. She said there are a lot of benefits to water workouts. But as with any exercise routine, it’s always best to consult with your doctor.

Taking your outdoor exercise indoors to the pool is a great way to cross train.

But before you jump in the water, you should know what to do to avoid injuries.

Karen Mailen has been teaching water exercise classes for 30 years.

“You burn just as many if not more calories because you’re getting the strength training and you’re getting the cardio. But you have to keep moving,” she said.

And she really does keep her class moving at the Lititz recCenter.

“It’s a great cardiovascular workout, full body workout,” Dr. Zachary Geidel said.

Geidel specializes in sports medicine and sees the benefit of water workouts. But just because it’s low impact doesn’t mean you can’t get injured.

“Rotator cuff injures tend to be one of the most common. Neck injuries from the over rotation and even, believe it or not, knee injuries can occur or hip injuries in the pool if you’re not using proper technique,” he said.

That’s where a trained instructor like Mailen can make all the difference.

“I always tell them to keep their core muscles really strong, to stay up nice and tall, to use their muscles and push through the water. So, keep reminding them to keep that good body posture and position and that helps,” she said.

And if you think you can’t sweat in the water? Well, you never took Mailen’s class.

“I just think it’s a great place to be. People should be in the water,” she said.

Mailen is a big fan of cross-training. She said there are a lot of benefits to water workouts. But as with any exercise routine, it’s always best to consult with your doctor.

https://www.wgal.com/article/before-jumping-in-the-pool-know-what-to-do-to-avoid-swimming-injuries/40942755