Do you know the most common injuries in diving?

Diving is a sport with aesthetic and artistic elements to it, and demands both appropriate force and technique. A diver needs explosivity, agility, strength, mobility, motor skills and coordination. You need to be in control of your shoulders, neck, back, hips, knees and ankles – all at the same time.

Acute injuries often happen on dry land, more frequently than in the water. When training on dry land, divers do a variety of gymnastic elements. Typical injuries are dislocated shoulders and sprained ankles, often when jumping and landing poorly. Wrist injuries also occur, but more rarely. In the water, divers most frequently sustain injuries to the neck, back and shoulders.

Because of the repetitive movements of the sport, many divers are also susceptible to overuse injuries in the shoulder, knee, wrist, neck and back.

Common injuries

  • Labrum injury (SLAP- lesion)
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Back pain
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Jumper's knee
  • Medial tibial stress syndrom
  • Achilles tendinopathy
  • Ankle sprain