Injuries and considerations in masters aquatics sports

Clin Sports Med. 1999 Apr;18(2):413-26, viii-ix. doi: 10.1016/s0278-5919(05)70155-1.


Masters level athletes in all aquatic sports challenge healthcare professionals, providing them with many opportunities to test their sports medicine training. Along with sports-specific injuries, the medical professional must factor in physiologic differences due to aging and even the older athlete's basic motivation to pursue the sport--which differs greatly from that of younger swimmers. Organized Masters programs, complete with national and international championships, are growing in Masters Diving, Masters Synchronized Swimming, Masters Swimming, and Masters Water Polo.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging / physiology
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Competitive Behavior
  • Humans
  • Physical Education and Training / organization & administration*
  • Swimming / injuries*