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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2019, Article ID 9320569, 4 pages
Case Report

Anterior Shoulder Dislocation during Breaststroke Swimming Technique: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, General Hospital of Katerini, Katerini, Greece
2Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Correspondence should be addressed to Angelo V. Vasiliadis; moc.liamg@va.sidailisav

Received 20 January 2019; Accepted 2 April 2019; Published 9 April 2019

Academic Editor: Dimitrios S. Karataglis

Copyright © 2019 Angelo V. Vasiliadis et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A 36-year-old woman presented with anterior shoulder dislocation as a result of breaststroke swimming training. She complained of pain and restriction of movement. A radiograph revealed the shoulder was dislocated, and the patient was treated successfully with closed reduction. The mechanism of injury seemed to be a relation between the initial pull phase of breaststroke technique and the weakest position of the shoulder in extension and external rotation. In our experience, if a patient has a history including a shoulder dislocation, this needs to be considered carefully before incorporating aquatic therapy into the rehabilitation program. Attention must also be given to the crucial timing of initiating swimming training.