Common shoulder injuries in springboard diving


In the captivating world of board diving, where athletes gracefully soar through the air, plunging into the water with precision, there lies a hidden danger lurking beneath the surface – injuries. Today, we delve into one particular injury that board divers are prone to get, shedding light on its causes, symptoms, and prevention methods.


Common shoulder injuries in springboard diving


One of the most common shoulder injuries in springboard diving is “Divers shoulder.” This is an ailment that plagues many springboard and platform divers, both amateur and professional alike.

This injury, also known as shoulder impingement syndrome, occurs when the rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder become irritated and inflamed. This can lead to pain and decreased range of motion.


What are the risk factors for shoulder injury in springboard divers?


There are several risk factors that can increase your change of developing a shoulder injury as a springboard diver. These risk factors include:

● Repetitive overhead movements during dives
● Incorrect diving technique leading to excessive stress on the shoulders
● Lack of adequate shoulder strength and flexibility
● Sudden increases in training intensity or volume
● Previous history of shoulder injuries or instability 


What are the symptoms of a shoulder injury in springboard divers?


Shoulder injury in springboard divers can present with the following symptoms:

● Dull ache or discomfort in the shoulder during dives
● Increased pain with specific movements or weight-bearing on the affected arm
● Weakness and decreased range of motion in the shoulder
● Gradual onset of symptoms over time


What is the treatment for “Divers shoulder” in springboard divers?


The treatment will vary depending on the individual presentation. These are general treatment approaches that are commonly used when treating “Divers shoulder”

● Rest: Temporary cessation of diving activities to allow the shoulder to heal.
● Physical Therapy: Targeted exercises to strengthen shoulder muscles and improve flexibility.

● Anti-inflammatory Medications: Over-the-counter or prescription medications to reduce pain
and inflammation.
● Corticosteroid Injections: Injections into the shoulder joint to alleviate inflammation and pain.
● Surgical Intervention: In severe cases or when conservative measures fail, surgery may be
necessary to repair damaged tissues or address underlying structural issues.


What else can I do to manage “Divers shoulder”?

There are a range of other strategies that can be helpful to overcome “Divers shoulder”, such as:

● Proper Technique: Emphasise correct alignment and entry position to minimise strain on the
● Strengthening Exercises: Incorporate shoulder-specific exercises to build strength and stability.
● Flexibility Training: Include stretching and mobility exercises to improve range of motion and
prevent stiffness.
● Gradual Progression: Avoid sudden increases in training intensity or volume to prevent overuse
● Regular Monitoring: Periodic evaluation by coaches and physiotherapists to assess technique
and identify any biomechanical flaws.
● Early Intervention: Prompt medical evaluation and treatment for any signs of shoulder pain or
discomfort to prevent worsening of the injury.


As board diving continues to evolve as a competitive sport, prioritising athlete well-being alongside performance becomes increasingly imperative. Physiotherapy plays a key role in treating diving injuries, as well as working on preventative strategies, focussing on strength, conditioning and technique.

By raising awareness of injuries like “Divers shoulder” and implementing preventive strategies, we can ensure that board divers can pursue their passion with confidence and longevity. After all, the true beauty of board diving lies not only in the flawless execution
of dives but also in the resilience and health of the athletes themselves.


If you are a springboard or platform diver, and have an injury that’s affecting your diving, book in to see one of our experienced Physiotherapists today.



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