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Edelman Publishes Chapter and Article on Swimming

DOVER, Del. (June 1, 2011) – Active with the Sports Medicine and Science Network of USA Swimming for the past twelve years, George T. Edelman MPT, OCS, MTC, local business owner and founder of Edelman Spine and Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (ESOPT), will release his chapter of Athletic and Sport Issues in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation this summer.

In the book, Edelman co-authored a chapter titled Applied Biomechanics of Swimmingi along with three very recognized leaders in the sport. A copy of the chapter can be downloaded for free at www.educata.com. His participation with the Sports Medicine and Science Network has enabled Edelman to recently publish two documents related to the sport of swimming.

“This is a transformative chapter, intended for the health care professional who is actively involved in the sport and treating competitive swimmers. It will prove to be a helpful tool for coaches, swimmers and parents looking to understand the sport of swimming, enhance their stroke and minimize the risk of injury.”

From an improved performance and injury prevention perspective, Edelman has been leading a cultural shift in the sport of swimming since being the keynote speaker at the USA Swimming Convention in 2007. For decades, swimmers have been stretching their shoulders with the misconception that they will increase muscle flexibility, reduce the risk of skeletal muscle injury, and improve performance. Edelman’s articles prove they may be doing more harm than good, and he published an article in SWIMMER magazine in 2010 outlining the negative aspects of static shoulder stretching and promoting the advantages of a dynamic warm-up. The Sports Medicine Committee of USA Swimming has embraced Edelman’s innovative, sport specific, active warm-up for competitive swimmers as a superior approach when compared to traditional methods.

Edelman is a member of the High Performance Network for USA Swimming and has worked with the national governing body for the sport of swimming for more than 14 years developing programs for swimmers, speaking at their national convention and providing physical therapy services on the pool deck for the National Swim Team.
ESOPT opened in January of 2006 and serves the greater Dover, Del., area with physical therapy services. For additional information, please visit www.esopt.com.

i Pink MM, Edelman GT, Mark R, Rodeo SA. Applied Biomechanics of Swimming. In: Magee DJM, Robert C.; Zachazewski, J. E.; Quillen W. S., ed. Athletic and Sport Issues in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier; 2011:331-349.



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