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Medical Complications of An Aquatic Innovation
  1. Margo Lynn Mountjoy1,*,
  2. Ian Gordon2,
  3. janet McKeown3,
  4. Naama Constantini4
  1. 1 Aquatic Federation of Canada, Canada;
  2. 2 British Swimming, United Kingdom;
  3. 3 Swim Canada, Canada;
  4. 4 Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center, Israel
  1. Correspondence to: Margo Mountjoy, University of Guelph, University of Guelph, Health & Performance Centre, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 3W8, Canada; mmsportdoc{at}aol.com

Abstract

The sport of swimming has been affected by the innovations of technology with the evolution of the swimsuit. The health benefits of swimming are numerous and are well documented in the scientific literature. As swimming is a low impact sport, injuries are relatively uncommon. As a direct result of the new swimsuits, team physicians have identified the emergence of a new trend in injury in the aquatic athlete. Extensive blistering and ulceration of the finger tips and distal interphalangeal joints in addition to ecchymoses of the lower limb are now common in the aquatic athlete wearing the new swim suits. Team physicians working with elite swimmers should be aware of this phenomenon and institute preventative measures.

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