The National Federation of State High School
Associations recently reported that swimming and diving
were the fastest-growing high school sports for the 2008-09
academic year. The sports combined grew by 29,967 students
for an 11.5 percent increase.
Additionally, a Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention study published in The American Journal of
Sports Medicine determined injury patterns in collegiate
swimmers. Researchers at University of Iowa documented the
injury rates of 44 male and 50 female swimmers from
2002-07, revealing that 37 percent of injuries resulted in
missed participation time for the athletes, and that the
most commonly hurt body part is the shoulder/upper arm.
Higher rates were seen in individuals who were
nonfree-style stroke specialists, and freshman swimmers
suffered the most injuries and the highest average per
swimmer, decreasing with each year of participation.