At least I had stretched before, giving more pull through the water. Some causes of swimmer’s shoulder relate to a tight shoulder capsule. I routinely examine for this, in particular medial shoulder rotation. This gives the swimmer the propeller motion. Lose that range and and other shoulder structures like the rotator cuff tendon become overloaded.
Some swimmers put their shoulders through 16,000 rotations per day, so screening and physiotherapy treatment is key. Have a look at Lynch (2010) if you like the subject.
Lynch, S. S. et al. (2010). The effects of an exercise intervention on forward head and rounded shoulder postures in elite swimmers. Br J Sports Med, 44(5), 376-381.
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