Very common sports injury that can result in a problem in the shoulder part throughout all your career. As I pulled my shoulder while skiing just a few months before going to work as a fitness instructor in Dubai, my full recovery and return to the gym, will be the topic of today’s text.
In short we will go through the anatomy of the shoulder part, the concept and the types of dislocation of the shoulder joint. Shoulder hoop consists of 4 joints that connect 4 bones. Specifically shoulder joint bind the two bones: the humerus and scapula. Joint is securing firm tissue, known as ligaments. Shoulder joint is also secure by deltoid muscles and tendons. This joint is the most mobile joint in the human body and thus the most likely to cause most complicated injuries. Dislocation occurs after separation joint parts after some force. Depending on the direction of the shoulder dislocation, there are: front (among the 90% of all dislocations), rear and bottom dislocations. Due to the dislocation of degradation and stretching the ligaments that hold the joint, or in severe cases leads to the tearing of ligaments.
After signing the contract for the fitness company from Dubai and waiting to finish the paperwork and visas in order to make the journey, in the meantime, I decided to go in January, on Olympic mountain Jahorina for skiing. As a good and experienced skier, for me it’s supposed to be a relaxing holiday before working trip. Turns out it was not. 3 days of fog, cold weather did not stop me to open and close the wire on the track, what i always did. 4th day and a beautiful sunny morning promised it will be a beautiful skiing day. After a couple of slope in the morning at one moment I split off from the team and started alone to ski. A small error and high speed caused huge inertia, rolling and fall on head and right shoulder at one time. The vertical drop and strong shock caused the internal dislocation of the shoulder which was concluded by an Englishman, random skier who skied here and stopped to help me, he is a doctor by profession. Ski-do is came for me, and on the way to a small clinics I did not remember anything because of pain. Upon arrival the doctor and after removal equipment from me scene it was terrible, right shoulder almost did not exist, even hoped in a hand movement was impossible. Proposal is to send me in Sarajevo hospital, because the case was complicated. I told the doctor that the pain is not a problem I can tolerate that, just ask him to try to return the shoulder. With the great fear, which I felt at his behavior, he put me on the bed and almost with the principle of the lever at a mechanic’s, he move shoulder back into place. Satisfaction was mutual, he put me the triangle and bandage, and the next 4 days hotel was the only place I spent time where I had a lot of time to reading and analyze this form of injury.
After i get at home i saw the mail where it said that 1. April will be my first working day in Dubai so i need to be there. So i have to two months in order to be able to work or simply cancel the long-awaited job. Head of the hospital, which was considered like the best experts in this field, told me that is happiness that I only stretch the ligaments and the best way to get everything back is to practice BREASTSTROKE SWIMMING at the pool. Hand I could not lift more than 20 cm from the body, it was all tight with every move and the pain was strong. Initially the pool’s right hand almost had a 10% function. Water is becoming more and more strained tendon and weaken the entire joint inflammation. Arm was more mobile, water is massaged and also help to moderate movements regain function. Progress has been significant. 1st of April, I was in Dubai at the end of the same month I lifted 100kg in the bench press which meant the end of my complete recovery and return to the scene 🙂
Recovery prognoses were that I would need six months to rehabilitate the injury, which i almost achieved in less than 3 months. Breaststroke Swimming without any medications, creams and treatments showed a large positive effect for the rehabilitation of the shoulder dislocation injuries.
Since hotter and boiling days is coming, cardio exercise (running, cycling …) is not recommended when temperatures are high. We have to choose the time when to run, morning or evening, when temperatures are suitable. There is a cardio workout that is very suitable for the high temperature, you can practice all day, and it is very topical for the summer holidays, it is SWIMMING. In this article, we’ll clear up some little things about swimming, and also how you can lose weight and sculpt your body by swimming.
First to say that swimming, in the judgment of experts and the research, falls into one of the most difficult sports, next to the MMA, Rowing, Rugby and others. Swimming is an activity where it consumes approximately twice as many calories than other activities. Depending on the style and intensity of swimming style consumption ranges from 8 to 15 kcal per minute. Swimming engage the entire musculature, and all parts of the body (arms, legs, abdominal wall, CORE, back, shoulder), and also overcomes the resistance of the water. Time and strengthen the muscles of the shoulder and back especially for Butterfly style.
Losing weight and shaping the body for swimming occurs cyclically and gradually. By strengthening muscles, increasing the consumption of calories to activity itself and through an accelerated metabolism and greater calorie consumption through a stronger muscle, leads to consequences that calories are consumed rapidly, reducing the pounds, fat removed and the whole body shapes. Swimming style, intensity and duration of activity also is affects. Butterfly style is certainly the most challenging but also the most effective in strengthening the body, while the style Breaststroke requires less power but can longer be practiced which will in time result in higher consumption of calories. Natural free and backstroke swimming stile are very effective and recommended.
How to Swim. If you are a beginner you should start slowly and gradually. That means 30 seconds of swimming and 30 seconds of rest. Increase the active phase and reduce the break until you reach that you can swim for 40 minutes without stopping. Once you reach this level of swimming for 30 to 40 minutes 4 to 5 times a week. Another important thing is breathing, which must be in line with the movements and swimming techniques that will facilitate propulsion – slipping through the water. The third thing is proper and essential nutrients rich diet in order to have enough power for the activity and enough material for recovery. And of course the definition of weight loss: burn more calories than you consume.
Swimming is mostly harder than other fitness activities. In about 60 minutes of swimming, you can spend from 800 to 1000 kcal, depending on your weight and exertion. The good side of swimming is to increase endurance and stamina. You will not believe how much better user you when you go to run or indulge in an activity on land. On summer you can swim whenever you want, all day, on all water surfaces with conditions, and a very important thing without sweating and dehydration of the body.
Swimming has another advantage in strengthening the CORE muscles, especially in the injury and recovery, because water favors the relief of the body and certain parts. Special boast swimming, from my personal experience, especially with the style Breaststroke recovering from shoulder injury, dislocation of the shoulder joint and torn leagues. On skiing I had serious shoulder injury dislocations and fully stretched ligaments, after only two months breaststroke swimming stile on the bench press I raised the weight of 100 Kg.
As a longtime member of the rescue service and lifeguard team at one of most dangerous beach on the Danube in Novi Sad – Serbia, and the beach during the EXIT Festival, can boast a good experience and a good knowledge gained through training and experts from whom I had the opportunity to learn. And also Swimming was one of the most favorite exam to me, at the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education.